Indonesian Youth Diplomacy is very excited to organize the first Workshop Series on the road of the 2015 Y20 Summit on August 15-21, in Istanbul Turkey and would like to invite youth to be part of it. This event will be an integral part of the Turkish G20 presidency as the official young counterpart. The premier international youth conference brings together young leaders and enables them to put their concerns and solutions on the global agenda. The topics of the Y20 will be those of the Turkish presidency of the G20.
- Impact of Technology and Innovation on Youth Unemployment
- Youth's Contribution to Peace
- Youth and Education in the 21st Century
- A fourth topic is yet to be announced by the Y20 Secretariat
For our first workshop, we will focus on topic number one, Impact of Technology and Innovation on Youth Unemployment. This event also provides a space for discussion with Indonesian Delegates to the Y20 2015 to collect youth' voices before the 2015 delegates represent the country to Istanbul this Summer.
Despite the extraordinary measures taken globally, the recovery after the Great Recession is not as healthy as desired. Growth is sluggish and fragile, unemployment remains high and inequalities are on the rise. Lower confidence levels hinder consumption and investment. Therefore, in 2015, discussions on the necessary policies to raise the pace of global growth will be continued. These discussions will have a particular focus on macroeconomic policy cooperation among the G20 countries, which is clearly the greatest value-added of the platform.
The Great Recession in 2008-09 taught us that the solution to global challenges rests in global actions. The rise of the G20 is a manifestation of this spirit. As the major economies of the world, we adopted a more integrated, coordinated and effective approach to the challenges we have been facing. During these difficult times, the G20 has clearly demonstrated its capability as a global crisis resolution forum.
Indonesia’s unemployment has shown a declining trend from its apex of 11.2% in 2005 to 6.6% in 2011. Youth unemployment, defined as the share of the labor force ages 15 to 24 without work but available for and seeking employment, has also been declining. Almost one in every five youth in 2010 was unemployed, a stark contrast with the condition in 2005 where one in every three youth was unemployed. However, comparatively, Indonesia’s youth unemployment is higher than its peers. Furthermore, while Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam have successfully brought their unemployment level down to pre 1998-crisis, Indonesia has not. With our level of growth, the unemployment rate should have been lower.
One sector that is growing rapidly in Indonesia is the technology and innovation sector, which contributes to lowering youth unemployment rate in Indonesia. Though often classified as a developing country, Indonesia has among the highest number of social media users in the world. The number of Indonesia’s Facebook and Twitter users ranked fourth and fifth in the world respectively, mostly driven by youth. This suggests a tech-savvy youth population, and a very lucrative market. Foreign tech companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google, recently set up offices in Jakarta, and these companies hire local staff members who are mostly tech-savvy youth. The local tech start-up scene in Indonesia is also booming. Most of these tech start-ups were founded by youth, who are more inclined to hire talented youth as well. In addition, more and more youth are utilizing social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, and various online shops, to do small-scale business. Some are doing this to raise additional cash, while others are doing it full-time. Creative industries, ranging from the offline ones to the ones operated online, contributed a total of 9.1 billion out of 642 billion of dollars per year. With the percentage reaches 7.05%, the creative economy is ranked seventh of 10 sectors of the economy.
The growth of the technology and innovation sector in Indonesia contributes to lower youth unemployment and provides opportunities for youth to raise additional cash. However, it still remains a question whether technology and innovation significantly impacts youth unemployment. How sustainable is this growth in technology sector and creative industry respectively? Is this sector big enough to absorb youth workers and the new graduates entering the market every year? How equally is the impact of technology and innovation being felt across Indonesia?
The workshop will discuss on the impact of technology and innovation on youth unemployment, the government’s role in reducing youth unemployment, and the expectation of youth as they enter into the job market.
- Saturday, May 23rd - 12.30 to 17.00 WIB
- Pertamina Corporate University, Auditorium Lt. 3, Griya Legita (Directions on Google Maps can be found here)
- All sessions will be conducted in English
- Ticket price: IDR 30,000 including snacks as well as certificate to be distributed after the event
If you are interested in hearing from a diverse panel of speakers and meet with fellow passionate youth on discussing ideas on how Indonesian youth can leverage its role in competitiveness and employment that contribute to nation's economy, then this workshop is for you! Please fill out the form below no later than Thursday, May 21st at 23.59 WIB.
Due to limited space of this event, kindly ensure your availability before you sign up. If you have register yourself, then you fail to show up until noon on the day of the event, IYD unfortunately has to put your name on hold where you may not be able to participate in our future events. However, if you have registered yourself and decides to cancel your participation, please notify us by Friday, May 22nd, as we will roll out your participation to those in the waitlist.
Upon completion of the registration form, you will receive an email from Indonesian Youth Diplomacy whether your RSVP has been confirmed or has been put on the waitlist.
Any questions? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you in 48 hours.
Thank you and we hope to meet you at Pertamina Corporate University on the 23rd!