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Implementation of the Job Creation Law to Support the National Economy


Jakarta. The ratification of Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) Number 2 of 2022 concerning Job Creation officially became law at the 19th Plenary Session for session IV for the 2022-2023 session year at the parliament complex, Tuesday (21/3). This is an interesting discussion in various circles because the main objective of the Job Creation Law is to create a quality business and investment climate for business people, including MSMEs and foreign investors.

Seeing the importance of the Job Creation Law, the Indonesian Communication Smart Movement (GCKI) in collaboration with Communi & Co held a webinar with the theme “Ciptaker Law for Whom” which presented a number of speakers including GCKI Founder Ellys L. Pambayun, Secretary General of BPP HIPMI Anggawira, Economic Observer at the University of Indonesia Fithra Faisal, and Special Staff of State Secretary Faldo Maldini.

Fithra Faisal conveyed that the Job Creation Law was to create as many jobs as possible. In terms of magnitude, the goal of the Job Creation Law is to increase economic growth by at least 6 percent. From this target, we can escape the middle class income trap and if economic growth increases there will be new jobs.

“Implementation in the field can be a reflection of the implementation of the Job Creation Law. During the Covd-19 pandemic, people stopped carrying out economic activities, the Government made a Perppu which was later passed into the Job Creation Law. In 2020, we will grow minus 2.27%, but based on the results of the evaluation of the simulation that we are doing, if there are no laws that give birth to fiscal stimulus, we can be minus 4%. If no law is made, economic growth will only increase slightly,” he said.

In this webinar, Faldo Maldini said that he agrees with the Job Creation Law because regulations have overlapped for years and there has been no serious effort to fix it. There are good intentions with the presence of the Omnibus Law to strengthen our institution.

“The government has formed a Task Force that is traveling around Indonesia, by sampling, many people have been involved, including universities. However, what is a concern is the discussion at the substance level but it creates misperceptions.” he said.

His party also stressed that the Job Creation Law was not pro-oligarchy because the government was trying to anticipate a crisis that could have an impact on mass layoffs. Companies cannot be arbitrary because in the Job Creation Law, workers can still have a democracy by joining or establishing a labor union and there is also protection for workers from layoffs.

In line with this, Anggawira said that modern problems need modern solutions. This means that what the Government and the DPR are doing is part of finding a comprehensive solution to the existing challenges and problems.

“This is a legal breakthrough. This is because the economic challenge is something that needs to be resolved comprehensively. Don’t let Indonesia fall into the middle-income trap,” he said.

Anggawira added that from a gross domestic product (GDP) perspective, it is quite large and from another perspective, we have opportunities for more equitable economic growth through ease of investment. The Omnibus Law is a pretty good step, because it’s impossible for us to discuss the laws one by one.

On the same occasion, Ellys said that communications made by the Government, both public and political communications, must be clear. The government needs to accommodate people’s aspirations. As is typical for a country that is emotional and influent, it requires a government way to socialize in a complex way so that it can touch the community.

“The government and DPR must have an alternative paradigm because the government only looks at it from a macro perspective. We can try government supports communication to accommodate people’s aspirations and thoughts. Build a form of media and messages that are pro to the community for joint communication. Make workers the subject of government supports communication,” he concluded.

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