Business sector should create more sustainable jobs: Jokowi

Jakarta – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has urged business operators to expand job opportunities to expedite recovery of the national economy battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government has striven to create more jobs for the public through the labor-intensive program, Jokowi stated in Jakarta during the virtual celebrations of Chinese Lunar Year 2021 on Saturday.

However, the head of state believes the business sector would need to contribute to the creation of sustainable jobs.

“Sustainable job creation can be promoted by the business sector. That is the key and not the government,” Jokowi noted.

The president affirmed that the government had continued to issue policies on economic recovery to boost economic activities during the pandemic for micro-, small-, and large-scale enterprises.

The government has also prioritized state budget expenditure to purchase locally manufactured products.

In a bid to facilitate recovery of the economic ecosystem, especially in the manufacturing sector, the government has slashed the tax revenue target by reducing the sales tax on luxury goods (PPnBM) for cars until the end of the year.

“It also offers a zero-percent down payment to buy a house. I think through these ways, we will revive public demand, consumption, and purchasing power,” Jokowi remarked.

Source: Antara News

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