Jakarta (ANTARA) - Skills development and lifelong learning are investments for workers in facing the ever-changing world of work, according to the Indonesian Manpower Ministry.

Deputy Minister of Manpower Afriansyah Noor made this statement during a panel discussion at the 2023 World Government Summit in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Tuesday.

Noor remarked that developments in technology, demography, the environment, and globalization are currently affecting the demand from employers to employees.

Hence, it is important to provide access for individuals to develop and hone their skills, Noor emphasized.

"Investments in training and lifelong learning for workers could help them to face uncertainties in the future, especially for migrant workers, youth, women, workers in the informal economy, and persons with disabilities," he noted in a written statement received here, Wednesday.

He stated that investing in sustainable employment by accelerating skills development and lifelong learning was one of the five views of the Indonesian government presented during the discussion.

The second view is the need to ensure that all workers benefit from the development process, he remarked.

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Noor affirmed that in this effort, all parties should develop employment policies that can properly respond to workers' rights as well as to the ever-changing global and national situations. This policy must be inclusive of all workers, including women, youth, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

Third, he deemed it necessary to build a strong foundation for social and employment protection.

The deputy minister also stated that comprehensive, adequate, and effective social and employment protection were the main pillars of inclusive growth.

"Workers must also contribute to ensuring a sustainable, fair, and inclusive job market and encourage greater resilience in our economy," he remarked.

Fourth, the Indonesian government continues to support micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as the instrument for job creation.

Noor stated that MSMEs contribute 90 percent to business activities and contribute more than 50 percent to job creation worldwide.

"Thus, it is important to promote and support digital infrastructure that is fair, high-quality, affordable, and inclusive to support MSMEs in helping their business to grow," he remarked.

The last area of focus is the need to strengthen multilateralism to promote a human-centric agenda.

"The voices of all countries, both developed and developing, must be equally important. That is why we need a renewal of multilateralism that could keep up with the time and objectives," he affirmed.

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Translator: Zubi Mahrofi, Resinta S
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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