Jakarta (ANTARA) - Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno on Tuesday invited a US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) delegation to help develop Indonesia's tourism and creative economy sector.

He made the request while meeting with the delegation led by US-ABC president and CEO, Ted Osius.

"One of (the efforts) is by strengthening the capacity and capability of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the tourism and creative economy sector through digitalization," Uno said here.

The goal of digitizing and empowering MSMEs is to create 1.1 million new jobs in 2022 and 4.4 million jobs in 2024, he informed.

Meanwhile, the meeting with the US-ABC delegation was aimed at increasing the understanding of the US business world about the Indonesian government's policies to further develop economic cooperation between the US and Indonesia, especially in the tourism and creative economy sector.

According to Uno, digitalization has a crucial role in the major paradigm shift toward the digital-based economy, which is proceeding rapidly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"A digital touch will basically create quality and sustainable jobs," he said.

The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry has been encouraging the development of quality and sustainable tourism by implementing the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2035 and achieving zero emissions or net zero by 2045. Other initiatives have also been launched for handling food loss and food waste.

"There are many investment opportunities that we can convey. We invite US-ABC members to invest in the five super-priority destinations, priority tourism destinations, and various tourism economic zones in regions," Uno said.

Meanwhile, Osius conveyed the US-ABC’s praise for the Indonesian G20 presidency's calls for efforts for global economic recovery and said the group is looking forward to increasing the existing potential in the tourism and creative economy sector.

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