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US-ASEAN Business Council convenes forum on human capital development in Indonesia

(Jakarta) – On May 25 the US-ASEAN Business Council convened a multi-stakeholder Forum on Human Capital Development in Indonesia. The Forum brought together a select group from industry, academia and government together to discuss ways of strengthening the industrial and innovation elements of Indonesia’s economy by improving the domestic ecosystem for human capital and workforce development.  The day’s discussion delivered a clarion call for enhanced public private collaboration for workforce and human capital development.
 
Martin Gil, President-Director of Coca-Cola Indonesia, opened the forum by stating that “realizing that the future of Indonesia hinges in our ability to unlock the potential of the country’s human capital, the idea of this forum first surfaced last year and we began socializing it with the Government of Indonesia in November during our annual business mission to Jakarta. The purpose of the forum today is to bring together key representatives from the private sector, government and academia to discuss ways of improving the domestic ecosystem for human capital and workforce development”.
 
Remarks were also delivered by the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Brian McFeeters, the Acting Director General of the Ministry of Manpower Maruli A. Hasoloan, and the Minister of National Development and Planning, H.E. Sofyan Djalil.   

The forum focused on a range of strategic topics including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills development, highlighted concrete examples of workforce and human capital development projects, and called on interested attendees to join future discussions to further collaboration.
 
There were 4 different panel discussions which included Indonesia’s Human Capital Development Vision, and US and local industry perspectives on workforce development; best practices in forging public-private partnership in human capital development drawing on examples of the Higher Education Engineering Alliance Program (HEEAP) in Vietnam and the Higher Education and Leadership Management (HELM) Project in Indonesia; industry-led human capital development programs designed to foster innovation and industrial development; and finally a call to action or open invitation to all forum participants to collaborate  on existing public-private workforce development initiatives.
 
Dr. Kathy Wigal of Arizona State University invited forum attendees to participate in a follow up dialogue to explore developing a public-private human capital development alliance in Indonesia. Dr. Wigal stated, “our team at ASU is excited about the opportunities to share the best practices of our HEEAP consortium model with education, industry and government in Indonesia.  We have learned a great deal through our year-long special initiative and collaboration with the HELM project and look forward to developing deep and diverse government-industry-academic partners that share a goal of tightly linking science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instruction in higher education institutions to the needs and capabilities of industry partners, producing graduates who can lead inclusive, technology-based growth.  It begins with developing relationships, and by coming together today we have taken the first step”.

Participants included senior representatives from the following government entities:
 

    Ministry of National Development and Planning
    Ministry of Manpower
    Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs
    Ministry of Trade
    Ministry of Industry
    Ministry of Public Works & Housing
    Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board
    The National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction

 Representatives from U.S. companies at the forum included: Amazon, BP, Chevron, Cisco, Citi, ConocoPhillips, DuPont, ETS, Google, Honeywell, HP Inc., Microsoft, Rio Tinto, Coca-Cola Company, and H.M. Sampoerna.
 
 

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