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Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand agree on sharing job market information

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand agree on sharing job market information via online service in order to reduce illegal migrant workers coming to the countries.

“The information sharing on job market helps the three countries to fill the sub regional job markets. Hopefully, the migrant workers will be distributed well according to job availability,” the Head of International Cooperation Bureau at the Indonesian Manpower Ministry, Indah Anggoro Putri, said here on Wednesday.

The agreement was initiated at the sixth Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) meeting on human resources development in Jakarta on September 7.

IMT-GT is a sub regional economic cooperation which was established in 1993. It has a strategic role in improving development in border areas among the three countries.

There are ten provinces in Sumatra belonging to IMT-GT members.

Earlier, the information sharing has also been delivered by the Indonesian Minister of Manpower, M Hanif Dhakiri, at the Colombo Process Forum (Associations of Migrant Workers Sending Countries in Asia) in Sri Lanka in the end of August 2016.

The online job market information sharing provides an opportunity for the sending countries of migrant workers to prepare their labor force according to the needs in the destination countries.

Indah added in addition to the exchange of labor market information, Indonesia also proposed cooperation which involves vocational training centers in three countries.

In this regard, Indonesia refers the centers in Aceh, Medan (North Sumatra) and Padang (West Sumatra) to collaborate directly with those in Malaysia and Thailand without having to involve government bureaucracy.

The vocational cooperation covers areas of expertise which is required by labor markets.

“Thus, there will be no gap in skills among Indonesian, Malaysias and Thailand workers,” she added.

In the forum, Malaysia proposed cooperation on capacity building and human resource development in tourism industry and training in the field of computer networking technology.

Meanwhile, the Thailand delegation proposed cooperation in competency and skill standards workshops.

“The skills are for spa therapists, in welding and shipping logistics,” Indah said.

The three countries agree to immediately prepare a blueprint for the implementation of the cooperation agreement.