Lawmaker urges prioritising local manpower

INDONESIA: The empowerment of the domestic workforce must be prioritised in national infrastructure projects led by foreign contractors, a national lawmaker has suggested.

"Indonesia's manpower is capable of working on global-scale infrastructure projects," Representative Kurniasih Mufidayati said while commenting on the recent discovery that foreign workers has been hired as welders on the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project in West Java.

She noted that local skilled workers and professionals must become the hiring priority, especially during this pandemic. Doing so wouldl be consistent with President Joko Widodo's goal to develop a "golden" generation in Indonesia, and advance the nation’s human resources, the legislator stated.

"If foreign workers are required, then the regulation stipulates that they must have their Indonesian counterpart for the transfer of technology. Hence, the current question would be: have companies observed the requirement for the transfer of technology?" Mufiadayati questioned.

She cited that the government should have the data to ensure the deployment of an equal number of Indonesian workers for training and upskilling. This information should come from the companies’ foreign workers' utilisation plans, within work permit applications.

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