Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Manpower Ministry is continuing to strengthen employment programs and policies to help achieve the government's target of eradicating extreme poverty by 2024.

"This target can be achieved if all ministries, agencies, and local governments formulate policies and effectively implement various poverty alleviation programs," said Caswiyono Rusydie Cakrawangsa, a special staff member at the ministry, in a statement on Sunday.

During a focus group discussion (FGD) in Bogor, he said that the programs and policies include expanding job opportunities and business prospects by creating new jobs, developing existing jobs, providing vocational training programs to accelerate extreme poverty eradication, and broadening the scope of participation in the employment social security program for the extremely poor.

"We hope that the various programs across ministries and agencies can be synergized to support extreme poverty reduction in a more integrated, comprehensive, and targeted manner," he remarked.

The FGD, held from August 9-11, aimed to understand the roots of extreme poverty, governance of poverty data, and various effective approaches and strategies for poverty alleviation.

The results of this discussion will serve as the foundation for formulating policies to alleviate extreme poverty through the employment sector.

Meanwhile, the ministry's Head of the Bureau of Planning and Performance Management, Hery Budoyo, mentioned that this discussion was also part of the preparations for the draft of the Manpower Ministry's Strategic Plan for 2025-2029.

"This is an opportunity to evaluate the ministry's programs that support extreme poverty reduction, which can be used as inputs for the technocratic strategic plan," he said.

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