Indonesia with more than 237 million people in February 2012, it faces 6.32 per cent unemployment rate and 11.6 per cent poverty rate (BPS, 2012). The higher portion of unemployed is youth. Entrepreneurship has been selected as a strategic way to reduce unemployment, poverty reduction and inequality in Indonesia. President of Indonesia launched the national program on entrepreneurship almost a decade ago (see President Instruction number 04/1995). Since then, there are about 17 ministries promotes entrepreneurship in various approaches, including trainings, access to finance, and/or exhibition, which can be selected autonomously by each ministry.
Beside the employment challenge, Indonesia also faces environmental challenge. Until 2010, Ministry of Energy and Mineral reports that more than 50 per cent the energy used in Indonesia are sourced from oil mining and coal, which are non renewable. This energy is used for industry, transport and household with 44 per cent, 36 per cent and 11 per cent of energy consumption respectively (Ministry of Energy and Mineral, 2011).
The ILO responded to the will and provided technical assistance through the Green Jobs Project in Asia from 2010 – 2012. Tourism sector was selected as the pilot sector. Through the assistance on green business (green homestay) and competency standards (eco-tour guide), the project found that a green entrepreneurship program, a program can response to social, economic as well as environment concerns concurrently, is needed. Such program may need to cover both technical and managerial aspects and include other sectors along value chain.
The Indonesia Green Entrepreneurship Program will assist the national Government in reducing unemployment and reducing GHG by creating new green entrepreneurs in various sectors of the economy in Indonesia. As part of the program, there are several activities that will be undertaken in Indonesia and one of them is to organize an IGEP forum with relevant national stakeholders in Indonesia. Furthermore, as part of the MoU between ILO and the Bank of Indonesia the organization of the IGEP forum shall be a joint initiative between the ILO and the Bank of Indonesia, where, both institutions will share resources.
A one day IGEP Forum will be organized in Jakarta to promote and advocate green entrepreneurship to relevant stakeholders in Indonesia. Various resource persons and experts will share information and experiences on various entrepreneurship programs and green entrepreneurship in Indonesia which will cover a wide range of topics on green jobs, existing entrepreneurship programs, green entrepreneurship, access to finance and relevant government policies that would support green entrepreneurship in Indonesia.
The objectives of the IGEP Forum are to:
- Share experiences of national stakeholders on entrepreneurship in various sectors.
- Facilitate the dissemination of information on Indonesian Green Entrepreneurship Program.
- Share ideas on how to further create and promote the Indonesian green entrepreneurship program and identify financial modalities.
- Identify existing government policies that could support the creation and promotion of Green entrepreneurs.