"Invite your friends to actively participate in economic recovery. Let's improve ourselves and hone our skills because COVID-19 has forced us to improve our skills through upskilling and reskilling," the minister said during a webinar at a Bangka Belitung village on Saturday.
His request has come amid a downward trend in the tourism and creative economy.
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Uno said Indonesia's tourism and creative economy has experienced a decline of up to 85 percent in foreign exchange revenue, with more than 500 thousand workers in the tourism industry as well as 400 thousand workers in the creative economy industry losing their jobs due to the COVID-19.
Thus, students must actively work to bring the nation's economy into a better state, he added.
"We should not only survive, but also keep looking for opportunities and become a winner. We need to adjust ourselves to create new opportunities," the minister remarked.
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The former deputy governor of Jakarta said he hoped that, in this difficult time, students can develop creative products and provide hope to one another to get through the COVID-19 pandemic as winners.
The development of creative products will lead to the generation of new ideas, which can be implemented to expand business reach and improve the condition of Indonesia's economy, Uno said.
He said he expects the development of creative products to further improve citizens' ability to survive, innovate, adapt, and collaborate.
"I believe that a creative and collaborative spirit will bring a positive impact toward the potential of the millennial generation," he added.
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