Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs special staff invites academics to create quality workforce

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Dr. Umar Juoro, M.A., M.A.P.E, as special staff in the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs in the Omnibus Law public discussion on Friday, February 28, 2020. (Photo: Agus Irwanto)
Dr. Umar Juoro, M.A., M.A.P.E, as special staff in the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs in the Omnibus Law public discussion on Friday, February 28, 2020. (Photo: Agus Irwanto)

“From the most mass media coverage, it looks as if the Work Creation Draft Bill will only be a centralization, when economic development should not only be centralized, but in regions, “

UNAIR NEWS – The commotion of Omnibus Law polemic in various middle to lower classes has become an interesting issue to the public’s attention. As a response, Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) held an Omnibus Law public discussion on Friday, February 28, 2020. Also present was Dr. Umar Juoro, MA, MAPE, as a special staff in the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs.

Umar stated that the drafting of Work Creation Bill was intended to improve the quality workforce. So, it is not intended to sacrifice workers and benefit employers or investors.

“However, economic growth requires productivity support from a qualified workforce. On the other hand, employers must be able to create synergy between business activities with the welfare of their workers, “he added.

With the spirit to advance the economy towards developed Indonesia in 2045, the existence of universities is expected to support it. The main thing is the existence of UNAIR which is one of the best campuses in East Java.

UNAIR is expected to contribute and set an example for other higher education institution in developing Indonesian economy. The problem now is how to trigger stable quality growth that is potential to bring in qualified investors.

“From the most mass media coverage, it looks as if the Work Creation Draft Bill will only be a centralization, when economic development should not only be centralized but in regions, “explained the Special Staff at the Coordinating Ministry for the Economic Affairs.

The contribution of East Java reached 14 per cent of GDP. Manufacturing industries such as those around Surabaya, East Java and West Java will encourage production in higher quality regions. So, if you experience centralization, it counteracts the quality growth that will be created.

“So, if there are efforts that hamper economic development, then it must be straightened out. Likewise, local government policies, if not in line with the principles of quality economic development, must be evaluated, “added the CIDES president director.

Like skills which know no boundaries, continuous development is also needed. The creation of employment is also a step for implementing innovative and productive skills.

“For example from the presence of foreign teachers or lecturers, it triggers the spirit of competition in order to improve quality. So, the point is economic development also requires human resources who are ready to compete internationally, “he said.

The development of human resources can be through innovative academics and contribution to the people’s economy. The draft bill still pay attention to the rights of workers.

“Hopefully from this event, we can understand what Omnibus Law is. Because, it is related to our future conditions. The draft bill is not a solution to all problems because it depends to the community itself, “he concluded. (*)

Author: Muhammad Wildan Suyuti

Editor: Feri Fenoria Rifa’i

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