Japan's Foreign Affairs Minister Taro Kono and his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi at the G20 Summit in Osaka on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of the Foreign Affairs Ministry)

Japan and Indonesia to Boost Skilled Workforce Cooperation

BY : NUR YASMIN

JUNE 28, 2019

Jakarta. Japan and Indonesia agreed to offer more job and internship opportunities for Indonesian skilled workforce at a meeting between the two countries' foreign affairs ministers at the G20 Summit in Osaka on Thursday.

Japan's Foreign Affairs Minister Taro Kono and his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi signed the Specified Skilled Worker memorandum of understanding which will allow skilled workers from Indonesia to join internship programs in Japan. 

Under the agreement, Indonesian workers will be able to take up positions in the health, agriculture, fisheries and automotive sectors in Japan.

The MoU will allow for a quota of 340,000 skilled workers. 

Retno also delivered Indonesia's Asean Outlook on Indo-Pacific in the meeting, where the two countries also discussed strategic issues, including the unrest in Myanmar's Rakhine State. 

Kono praised the work of the Asean Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance. "The AHA Center has done great work," he said.

The ministers also agreed to wrap up discussions on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership this year. They planned to arrange a "2+2" meeting between foreign affairs and defense ministers from the two countries in the second half of this year.

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