News and press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO office in Jakarta and Timor-Leste. Some are available in multiple languages, indicated on the top of each release. The most recent release is at the top.


  1. Indonesia to improve its tourism statistics to create better jobs in tourism industry

    26 May 2011

    Tourism plays a key role in the economic development of Indonesia. Last year, the contribution of the tourism industry to the GDP was more than 3 per cent and the number of visitors to the country is also continuously growing, around 7 million foreign visitors in 2010 and more than 122 million domestic tourists in 2010.

  2. World Day for Safety and Health at Work: Preventing occupational accidents through OSH risk management

    26 April 2011

    Occupational safety and health (OSH) issues are not only the concerns of workers but also the employers. Globally, according to ILO data, an estimated 337 million workplace accidents and 2.3 million deaths occur every year. In addition, the data of the State-owned Enterprise for Workers’ Social Insurance (Jamsostek) revealed that around 0.7 per cent of Indonesian workers have experienced occupational accidents that have caused national financial losses of Rp 50 trillion.

  3. Economic growth alone is no guarantee for job-rich and inclusive growth, says new ILO report

    14 April 2011

    Despite the negative impact of the global financial crisis felt across the region, Indonesia maintained positive economic growth both in 2009 and 2010. The Indonesian Economy is forecasted to grow annually at over 6 per cent in the coming years. This accelerating growth alone is not panacea for various labour market challenges, a new report by the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Office for Indonesia says.

  4. ILO welcomes Indonesian Jobs Pact

    13 April 2011

    The International Labour Organization welcomed the signing of the Indonesian Jobs Pact designed to bring the benefits of economic growth to every citizen through the creation of decent and productive employment, making the Indonesian economy regionally competitive, while supporting the national policy goals.

  5. ILO-Bappeda to identify constraints to employment growth in Maluku

    08 April 2011

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Provincial Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) in Maluku will organize a training workshop on employment diagnostic analysis from 11 – 13 April 2011 at the Swiss-Bel Hotel, Ambon, Maluku. The workshop is aimed to identify the main challenges and opportunities for increasing productive employment in Maluku and to build capacity in employment diagnostic analysis among policymakers, social partners and academia as part of the efforts to boost employment growth in Maluku.

  6. Indonesia hosting an exchange of experiences of seven countries on how to boost productivity and competitiveness of small medium-enterprises

    01 April 2011

    Employing more than 95 per cent of the world’s working population, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the main source of employment in developing countries, including Indonesia, but many of these have been severely affected by the global economic crisis. In Indonesia, for example, more than 60 per cent of the labour force, is employed in SMEs. And, most Indonesian SMEs are vulnerable to external shocks and have been finding it difficult to sustain operations due to the global crisis.

  7. Building the commitment to reach a future without child labour in Jember, East Java

    31 March 2011

    Child labour is found in almost every district in Indonesia, including in Jember, East Java where child labour can be found in various sectors such as in agriculture, including plantations, as domestic workers and in (other parts of) the informal economy such as street children. In addition, with a high rate of migration, Jember district is also vulnerable to child trafficking.

  8. Fair and equitable policies are key to quick recovery of Indonesia

    23 March 2011

    The global crisis had a relatively limited impact on the Indonesian economy and labour markets due to Indonesia’s favourable initial conditions and because of early implementation of counter-cyclical monetary and fiscal measures, said the new study released by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Wednesday, 23 March. The study entitled “Indonesia: Reinforcing Domestic Demand in Times of Crisis” highlights how well-designed employment and social policies helped Indonesia recover quickly from the crisis.

  9. Empowering ex-child labourers with vocational training

    11 March 2011

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) through its International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) is organizing an inauguration for ex-child labourers graduating from vocational training on sewing on Saturday, 12 March 2011, at the International Garment Training Centre (IGTC) in Bogor, West Java.

  10. ILO to assess the impact of trade liberalization on employment

    04 February 2011

    Increasing liberalization of trade and the planned formation of the ASEAN economic community will bring opportunities and challenges to Indonesian businesses. Though exports and imports of goods and services recorded a two-digit decline in 2009 (exports decreased by 11.4 per cent and imports by 19.5 per cent on the year-to-year basis), international trade is back on a steady expansion path from 2010 in Indonesia.