In addition to accelerating national economic recovery in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Indonesia’s government continues to support efforts in improving human capital competitiveness.

This is done in order to better prepare them in facing the fourth industrial revolution and able to take advantage of the demographic dividend. This was discussed at a webinar held by the Covid-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee (KPCPEN) titled “Preparing Human Capital Assets to Support Business Recovery in the Pandemic Era,” on Monday.

Rosarita Niken Widiastuti, Ministry of Communication and Information Special Staff for Information and Public Relations, Digital Transformation and Inter-Agency Relations, said that the government has long prepared various digital tools for Indonesia’s young talents.

In 2021, Kominfo is targeting to award 60,000 scholarships for digital-related subjects such as cyber security, cloud computing, big data analysis, artificial intelligence, IOT, robotics and digital business.

“Apart from digital training for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), Kominfo is holding various digital entrepreneurship trainings or digital talent scholarships. All of these programs’ intention is to prepare the young workforce to face Industry 4.0,” said Rosarita Niken Widiastuti in the webinar.

Moreover, this series of programs has successfully supported nearly five million MSMEs in digital transformation. “We provide support through the ‘grebek pasar’ program, in which the program helps small communities, particularly MSMEs, to sell through online channels. The government does not want the marketplace to be filled only with foreign products,” she said.

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Indonesia is also facing a demographic bonus which is predicted to last until 2045. This means that the share of the working age-population or the productive workforce is greater than the non-productive share of the population.

“In terms of percentage, the productive workforce (16-30 years) almost reaches 25% of the total workforce,” said Anwar Sanusi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Manpower, who was also a speaker at the KPCPEN webinar. –