Mission Indonesia

Statement by H.E. Mr. A Muhaimin Iskandar, Minister of Manpower and Transmigration of Indonesia at the 101th International Labour Conference

June 11, 2012 Posted under Health and Labour Issues 

 

Mr. President,

Ministers,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Let me congratulate His Excellency Dr. Alburquerque de Castro on your election as the President of this ILC. I would also like to congratulate Mr. Guy Ryder for his new position as the ILO Director General and express our heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Juan Somavia for his remarkable contribution and service to ILO since nineteen ninety nine.

 

Mr. President,

Indonesia welcomes the standard setting process for the ILO Recommendation on the Social Protection Floor. This is very timely with the recovery process of the global economic downturn. We have to focus on developing the most viable strategies through coordinated employment and social protection policies; and to lead inclusive recovery and growth for our people. Social protection has become our national priority in Indonesia.

By two thousand and fourteen, the Government of Indonesia will have two social protection legal frameworks developed to regulate the implementation of social security in the areas of healthcare and employment.

My Government also continues to provide support to vulnerable people in the formal and informal economies, and in the urban and rural areas, to enable them to generate income and to improve their skills and productivity at work. 

For the low-income workers in the formal economy, the Government has introduced several schemes, such as: tax-cuts, assistance for housing, low-cost transportation,  and health facilities.  We also encourage businesses to undertake corporate social responsibility programs and strengthen social cohesion with surrounding communities.

 

Mr. President,

The President of the Republic of Indonesia, at the one hundredth session of the ILC last year, stressed on the importance of countries in investing in sectors that generate jobs for youth, and in building a global coalition for youth unemployment. In this regard, Indonesia supports the Committee’s conclusion from the general discussion on the Youth Employment Crisis. We believe that jobs and young people are the engine of development and progress and pertinent to secure national prosperity. We hope that ILO could provide technical assistance in this field.

 

Mr. President,

Even though Indonesia’s unemployment rate has reduced quite significantly over the years, challenges remain. We are now working with strategies to reduce the unemployment rate as well as to improve decent work conditions in the informal sector. Emphasis is given to the training of the youth population where many lives in the rural areas and where access to the formal labor market is limited.

 

As Indonesia embarks on decentralized governance which gives local government more authority to regulate their own administration, capacity building for tripartite constituents at the regional level becomes one of our key challenges now and ILO could assist by giving technical assistance at the local or regional level.

 

Mr. President,

Indonesia is among the first countries in Asia and the Pacific region to ratify all ILO core Conventions, which has been integrated into our Labor Law, and our Trade Union Law. We have also recently ratified the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families. In this regard, we expect ILO to also put more attention to the plight of migrant workers as it relates to the mandates of ILO.

 

Mr. President,

Indonesia welcomes the recent positive progress in Myanmar and the commitment of the Government to implement democratic reform and to promote and protect rights of workers in Myanmar. The ILO and its members should respond to these positive developments commensurately. The ILO should also assist in improving working conditions in the occupied Arab territories.

 

In closing, we look forward to a better future and for ILO to play an important role as we continue to face challenges in the global market.

 

Thank you.

 

Geneva, 11 June 2012