JAKARTA (ILO News): The world is facing a growing youth unemployment crisis. The latest ILO data indicates that out of the world’s estimated 212 million unemployed people in 2009, around nearly 82.7 million are aged between 15 and 24. In many economies, young people are 2.8 times likely to be unemployed than adults but in Indonesia youth are 4.6 times more likely to be unemployed than their adult counterparts.
In order to address these challenges, the Government of Indonesia with the support from the ILO has established the Indonesia Youth Employment Network (IYEN), involving senior policy-makers from different government agencies, the private sector and civil society. Indonesia has become the lead country for Youth Employment Network since 2003.
To tackle challenges of youth employment and facilitate more effective government planning, the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) will organize a two-day Youth Employment Conference from 15 – 16 April 2010 in Jakarta. The first day of the Conference will be conducted at Bappenas and the second day at the Le Meridien Hotel, Jakarta.
Targeted at policy makers and practitioners, the Conference aims to strengthen stakeholder cooperation in the field of youth employment in Indonesia, and to enhance opportunities for young people to find work or start their own business. It will conclude with recommendations on how Indonesia can promote and implement youth employment policies and provide more decent work opportunities for young people.
Mr Peter van Rooij, the ILO’s Officer-in-Charge, said that today’s young people are the best educated generation ever and have clear ideas about fulfilling their aspirations at work and in society. They only need the chance to get a decent job.
“Achieving decent work for the youth is a challenge shared by all countries across the world but it is a particularly big challenge for Indonesia. This Conference will play an important role in renewing the commitment of stakeholders in addressing youth unemployment, in revitalizing the IYEN and launching its own secretariat and in intensifying cooperation among relevant stakeholders, as well incorporating youth employment issues into the government’s policies,” he added.
The Conference will discuss various issues on youth employment in Indonesia, namely: youth employment and economic fundamentals in Indonesia; entrepreneurship, apprenticeship and school to work transition; tourism and youth employment; how to make youth employment in Indonesia operational; and the future of youth employment in the country.
The Conference will bring together national and provincial level governments and other stakeholders to develop effective operational strategies for tackling the problem of growing youth unemployment in Indonesia. The Conference presents both national and international resource persons, such as Drs. Frans Lebu Raya (Governor of Nusa Tenggara Timur), Faisal Basri (Economist), Sandiaga Uno (Managing Director of Saratoga Capital), Sujud Pribadi (Regent of Malang District, East Java), Dr. Dede Angga (Regent of Pasuruan District, East Java), Markus Pilgrim (Manager of the Youth Employment Network) and Wolfgang Weinz (ILO Geneva).
Participants of the Conference will come from governments, trade unions, the business community and employers’ organizations, academia, civil society and youth groups.
For further information please contact:
Mr Matthieu Cognac
Chief Technical Advisor of ILO’s Youth Employment Programme
Tel: +6221 3913112 ext. 154
Mr Tendy Gunawan
ILO’s Programme Coordinator and Enterprise Specialist
Tel: +6221 3913112 ext. 142
Ms Milda Irhamni
Tel: +6221 3913112 ext. 141
Ms Gita Lingga
Media Relations Officer
Tel: +6221 3913112 ext. 115