Jakarta (ANTARA) - The younger generation has high potential to create sustainable and inclusive jobs, the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto stated during the closing of the Y20 Summit at the Indonesia G20 Presidency on Friday.

Members of the younger generation are expected to optimize their important role in determining the nation's future through active participation in political and decision-making processes, Hartarto said in a statement on Saturday.

G20 is an international forum comprising 19 countries that work together to handle major issues. Indonesia is holding the presidency of the grouping this year.

According to its official website, Y20 is a forum for future young leaders from G20 member countries for discussing, debating, and exchanging ideas regarding the agenda of the G20 Presidency.

As the G20 President, he noted, Indonesia strives to facilitate in providing opportunities for members of the younger generation to become important actors within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2030.

The effort is accommodated by the government within the Y20 forum that raises four main areas of focus: youth manpower, digital transformation, sustainable and livable planet, as well as diversity and inclusion.

"I welcome the Y20 communique with four sectors that became the focus of the Indonesia Y20 committee as issues that significantly affect youngsters across the world," he remarked.

Indonesia Y20 became a milestone in facilitating representation of various underrepresented communities, people with disabilities, and local communities as official observers in Indonesia Y20.

The diversity in representation aims to accommodate various voices and interests of minority and marginal groups as well as those, who historically have their own hurdles.

Other forms of support provided by the government to prepare the younger generation to dive into Industry 4.0 involve allocating Rp373 trillion worth of business financing aid through smallholder business credit (KUR).

The government also facilitates the younger generation in accessing KUR.

In addition, the government has offered the Pre-Employment Card Program that provides access and financing for the younger generation to conduct upskilling and reskilling.

This is expected to bolster their competitiveness in the working world.

To this day, the Pre-Employment Card Program had reached 12.8 million recipients that chiefly constitute members of the younger generation.

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Editor: Sri Haryati
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