Jakarta, 9 February 2012 (ACTRAV INFO)-The Bureau for Workers Activities (ILO-ACTRAV) in collaboration with the ILO Small Enterprise Programme participated at the tripartite dissemination workshop held in Jakarta on 9 February 2012. The workshop provided an opportunity to launch the report entitled “Indonesia: An enabling environment for sustainable enterprises assessment and a survey on workers’ perception” jointly authored by Graeme Buckley and ACTRAV’s senior economist, Mohammed Mwamadzingo.
The EESE assessment was a joint collaboration between the ILO and the four main trade union confederations in Indonesia. The explicit goal of this work was to strengthen the capacity of trade unions to undertake research using the enabling environment assessment methodology.
The report presented to the over 100 participants from the trade union confederations, the employer federation in Indonesia (APINDO) and the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration is based on a comprehensive but flexible methodology for undertaking assessments of the enabling environment based on the 17 conditions for the promotion of sustainable enterprises identified in the 2007 International Labour Conference conclusions.
“It is hoped that this form of collaboration will become an institutionalized platform for a common trade union voice on important socio-economic matters. The report shows that in spite of the transition to democracy, there are still various aspects of political stability in Indonesia which remain weak. Poor governance has the effect of discouraging entrepreneurship and holding back private-sector growth and development. On the economic front, Indonesia has experienced relatively good macroeconomic performance over recent years, including impressive inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI), but job creation has been modest and unemployment remains a serious problem”, explained Mr. Mohamed Mwamadzingo, senior officer at Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV).
“Analysis of the social elements indicates that Indonesia’s basic indicators of educational attainment have improved but remain low by regional comparison. This low educational attainment is associated with a lack of investment in education. Similarly, although Indonesia has a number of formal social security systems and government financed safety-nets, the report shows that the country lacks a structured and coherent social protection system”, added Mr. Mwamadzingo.
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