Competent and quality human resources are needed to foster a competitive creative industry
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia and South Korea have the opportunity to establish cooperation as part of efforts to develop the creative industries, which can spur economic growth between the two countries.

"The Ministry of Industry is committed to increasing the number of entrepreneurs, especially in the creative industry sector. This effort offers the opportunity for a demographic bonus momentum and has a dual effect on positive contributions to the national economy," Minister of Industry, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, said in his statement here on Tuesday.

In 2018, the creative industry will be able to make a significant contribution to the national gross domestic product GDP estimated at Rp1,000 trillion.

The three sub-sectors that contributed greatly to the creative economy were the culinary industry by 41.69 percent, followed by the fashion industry (18.15 percent), and the craft industry (15.70 percent).

The Minister of Industry said President Joko Widodo considered that the future economy comprised the creative and digital industry. This was stated by the Head of State while attending the ASEAN-Republic of Korea CEO Summit at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center, some time ago.

"Competent and quality human resources are needed to foster a competitive creative industry. For this reason, President Joko Widodo stressed the importance of revitalizing education through a link and match program with the industrial world, "Agus said.

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Agus revealed that concrete efforts made by the Ministry of Industry to encourage the growth of young entrepreneurs, especially creative industry activists, include facilitating education and training activities.

"For example, since 2015, we routinely organize animation, programming and graphic design training at the Bali Creative Industry Center, which is managed by the Denpasar Industrial Training Center," he said.

In addition, the Ministry of Industry created the TohpaTI Business Incubation (Inbis) to foster existing entrepreneurs and new startups. Every year, Inbis TohpaTI can produce some nine to 11 startup teams in the fields of animation, design, and software developers.

"In fact, we are also trying to establish new entrepreneurs among boarding schools through the Santripreneur program. One of the implementation activities is to improve the ability of students to be ready to enter the digital era, according to the development of industry 4.0," he added.

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The Minister of Industry emphasized that the Government of Indonesia has launched a roadmap - Making Indonesia 4.0 - to develop a national industry that is globally competitive in the digital era. This is to seize the potential of the digital economy, which will increase added value to the national GDP of US$150 billion in 2025.

The Minister of Industry is also optimistic that the implementation of the Indonesia-Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement will open up opportunities for collaboration in the industrial sector, including the creative industries.

Moreover, based on the Bloomberg Innovation Index in 2014-2017, South Korea is at the top for the growth of the creative industry sector.

President Jokowi said the export of products from creative industries in South Korea was able to contribute $5.79 billion to the national economy. So, ASEAN and Korea have great potential in the creative industry.

"ASEAN with more than 647 million people is an asset for the development of creative industries," he said. According to the President, the creative and digital industries are 'The Next Big Thing' of Indonesia.

"Indonesia currently hosts Decacorn, Unicorn and Startup companies," said Jokowi, who also invited South Korean businesses to participate in supporting the growth and development of startups in Indonesia, whose potential is still huge.
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Translator: Sella Pandu, Azis Kurmala
Editor: Gusti Nur Cahya Aryani
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