THE Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy encourages millennial generation to remain productive safely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to make a positive contribution to the Indonesian nation.

According to Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Angela Tanoesoedibjo said, young people have an important role in helping the development of the Indonesian nation in the present and the future. As young people, we are very fluent in using technology, adaptable, rich in creativity, ideas and innovation. So that the active role of young people in pushing Indonesia forward is very much needed, especially in passing through a pandemic.

“The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic is indeed extraordinary, not only in Indonesia but also in the World, felt by almost all sectors including tourism and the creative economy. It is very possible that in this condition, millennial generation will be the one affected by COVID-19. Many millennials may also experience layoffs, reduced income, or even lose business,” she said.

Angela explained to encourage young people to remain productive, the Ministry of Tourism has several programs that can be utilized by millennials, including increasing business capacity through online seminars, facilitating access to capital, facilitating business registration, facilitating intellectual property, and so on.

“In addition, there is also a program that I want to convey in more detail, namely Government Incentive Assistance (BIP) which is a grant to increase working capital or investment in increasing the business capacity or production of parekraf actors. This BIP fund can be used to buy raw materials, production materials, production equipment, purchase production, and pay for services to third parties, “Angela noted.

She added that millennial generation could also follow one of the national movements, Proudly Made in Indonesia, launched by President Jokowi. This program aims to encourage Micro small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) productivity in a safe, fast and extensive manner. So, later it can help the growth and development of the Indonesian economy.

“The way to do this is by encouraging MSMEs that were previously offline to become online, as well as fostering love and pride for Indonesian-made products. Today the whole world faces the same challenge. But I am sure that Indonesia has one advantage: a large, strong, healthy and productive population of young people who can be productive safely in this difficult time. So, for the future of Indonesia young people must consciously play an active role in public health and the Indonesian economy. Because, young people are the capital for the Indonesian people to keep going forward,” she concluded. []