President Jokowi calls for establishment of millions of vocational schools

08 December, 2016 | Source: Antara News

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has asked the relevant ministries and state-owned companies (BUMN) to cooperate in the establishment of millions of vocational schools and vocational training centers.

 

"We want the establishment en masse of vocational schools and training centers, even if it is only one thousand, two thousand, or 10 thousand of them. We need millions of them," Jokowi said when chairing a limited cabinet meeting at the presidential office here on Wednesday.

The president ordered the Ministry of Higher Education and Culture and the BUMN to cooperate in the establishment of vocational schools and vocational training centers and encourage the private sector to take part in the program.

"The private sector is also expected to take part in this program, particularly in vocational training, so that it can be set up in other regions as well," the president stated.

The head of state noted that if the program is only executed by the government, it will be impossible to establish millions of vocational schools and vocational training centers.

"If we do it alone, let alone if it is done solely by the BLK (the governments vocational training center), it will be impossible to create millions of vocational training centers," he remarked.

According to Jokowi, to achieve this goal, a policy is needed to issue a regulation that will facilitate the private sector in entering this field.

"I know some BUMNs have training centers, but they should not merely manage their own centers. Pelindo already has a few. What we need is large numbers, reaching millions, so that the private sector is encouraged to take part. We therefore need to issue a regulation in this regard," he added.

 

Strong consolidation needed to face global economic turbulence Reporter: Agus Salim 3 hours ago President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) addressing at a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) on Monday night. (Agus Salim) Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) reminded the country`s fiscal and monetary authorities and the business of the need for strong coordination and consolidation to face the global economic uncertainties. "Uncertainties in the global condition, trade war between the United States and China, increase in interest rate, crisis in Argentina and Turkey, would necessitate strong consolidation and coordination between the monetary and fiscal authorities and the business sector," Jokowi said addressing a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) here on Monday night. He said good coordination and consolidation would make it easier to develop the public and market confidence. "It is the same as in developing a corporation. Trust brand is vital. The state needs that. Building up trust and market confidence that the international communities, domestic market believe that we are working seriously to settle state problems," he said. He said Indonesia is a big country with a population of 263 million, the fourth largest in the world, having 17,000 islands and made up of 34 provinces. "It is not easy to manage such big country . Each area has own cases, and requirement different from each other," he added. He said developing Indonesia concerns not only economic and political aspects. "If we are concerned only with economic and political gains we need only to focus on development of Java, which is home to 60 percent of the country`s population, but we think of a nation. We are concerned not only with expanding business empire leaving Papua, North Maluku, NTT and other eastern Indonesian regions to suffer in backwardness," he said. Currently imbalance is still wide in infrastructure between the country`s western, central and eastern regions, he said, adding Indonesia is seeking to catch up with other countries. He cited three years earlier, Indonesia had only 231 water reservoirs and dams as against 6,000 dams in the United States and 110,000 dams in China. "This is fact that has to be presented and we have to do something about it," he said. He also spoke about progress made in the construction of toll roads saying after the Jagorawi toll road was operational until early 2015, Indonesia had only 780 km of toll road as against China`s toll roads totaling 280,000 km. "We need to know the condition we are in before we start working hard to make up for the gap especially in eastern Indonesia," he said. Reporting by Agus Salim Editing by Albert Saragih Editor: Bustanuddin COPYRIGHT © ANTARA 2018 AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Google+Share to WhatsAppShare to LINEShare to PinterestShare to GmailShare to EmailShare to More Prev News Indonesia calls for reconciliation and justice for peace Next News Puan attends UN meeting on world peace Comments
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