Planning for more and better jobs in the construction sector in Indonesia

The Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration hosts a National Workshop at Kementerian Tenaga Kerja dan Transmigrasi headquarters in Jakarta on 10th of October to discuss and review the achievements of the Government of Indonesia - International Labour Organization’s Local Resource Based (LRB) infrastructure works programmes undertaken in Aceh and Nias over the past seven years.

Press release | Jakarta, Indonesia | 10 October 2012

JAKARTA (Press Release): The Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration hosts a National Workshop at Kementerian Tenaga Kerja dan Transmigrasi headquarters in Jakarta on 10th of October to discuss and review the achievements of the Government of Indonesia - International Labour Organization’s Local Resource Based (LRB) infrastructure works programmes undertaken in Aceh and Nias over the past seven years. The workshop will also plan ahead for the possible replication and expansion of the Local Resource Based approaches into existing Government of Indonesia programmes from 2013.

Participants will be drawn from Bappenas, Bappeda, and Public Works, the PNPM program of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the PPIP Program of Cipta Karya. The International Labour Organization, UNDP, UN-WFP will also be represented. Donor agencies are also expected to attend.

The work of the ILO in Aceh and Nias has been distinguished by two main features: one being its optimal use of local labour which has resulted in up to 10 percent increase in local employment opportunities during the construction and the subsequent maintenance of the infrastructure works carried out. The second important feature is that ILO comparative studies have shown these high quality infrastructure works to be actually up to 20 percent lower in costs than for comparable work undertaken by other agencies.

Part of the manner in which the Government of Indonesia-ILO programmes have kept costs down is not only through the use of labour-based technology but also through the use of innovative and environmentally technologies for road pavements and especially for trail bridge construction for motor-cycle bridges with spans of up to 150m. It is hoped that these new techniques which have been carefully documented will be adopted widely throughout the country.

Following presentations from Government representatives from the Aceh and Nias projects and from PNPM and PPIP several discussion groups will be challenged to consider the role of productive employment and “Decent-work” optimization in the construction sector at a time when employment in the sector is increasingly being replaced by more equipment-intensive work methods while at the same time many people are still un(der) employed throughout the country.

The workshop discussion groups will be tasked to address the need for both Public Infrastructure Programmes (PIPs) as well as for Public Employment Programmes (PEPs) which have quite different objectives. Among other matters the workshop participants will look into ways of possible Ministry to Ministry partnership arrangements between similar infrastructure programmes, ways of better selecting and targeting projects, consider how more targeted procurement processes as are used in other countries can be adopted, and consider also better monitoring and evaluation and accountability in the delivery of both infrastructure and employment focused programmes.

The finding and recommendations of this workshop will form the basis for determining the most appropriate way ahead for the mainstreaming in full or in part the ILO’s Local Resource Based approach to infrastructure development and maintenance in Indonesia.

For further information please contact:

Mr Chandra Manalu

Reporting Officer – Aceh Road Project

+6221 3913112 ext. 122

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