The government continues to accelerate human resource development (HRD) through a series of educational and training programs in order to welcome the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). After that, through formal channels, they seek international-standard certification, so that the existence of human resources will be formally recognized by the global community.
Report of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) stated that the Marine & Fisheries Human Resource Development Agency (BPSDM KP) had conducted a series of educations that prioritize practice rather than theory in a number of regions, among others, Medan, north Sumatra; Tegal, Central Java; Banyuwangi, east Java; Aertembaga, Bitung, North Sulawesi; Ambon, Maluku; and one Administrative training Center (Balai Diklat Aparatus) in Sukamandi, Subang, West Java. To facilitate access to training for the community, BPSDM KP also established 417 Centers for Independent Marine and Fisheries training (P2MKP) in various regions in Indonesia, including Maluku.
Head of BPSDM KP, Suseno Sukoyono, on Tuesday (March 3) said that before the implementation of AEC 2015, MMAF was aware of the strategic role of marine & fisheries human resources as an agent of change. Therefore, in AEC, the community was facing global competition. To that end, MAAF through KP BPSDM has organized various activities in education, training and counseling. This is to increase the capacity of the community so that their productivity and income will increase.
Consequently, the lives of the people in this sector become more prosperous. This is because MMAF realize that education, training, and education are keys to the success of winning the competition in AEC 2015. According to him, the development of marine & fisheries human resources is very important, because managing marine & fisheries natural resources is essentially managing its human resources. Furthermore, Suseno said that the performance achievement in 2014 is that the competence of marine & fisheries human resources is in accordance with demand, which is as many as 73,279 people. This figure is the result of marine & fisheries human resource development through education, training, and counseling.
In education, BPSDM KP produces 1,665 graduates in 2014. 80% of the graduates work as professionals in corporations/industries and some of them become entrepreneurs, while the rest work in government administration and continue their education. BPSDM KP graduates have been spreading not United States, Uruguay, Spain, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Mozambique, United Arab Emirates, China, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, and other countries.
Suseno asked the private sector to be involved in the development of marine & fisheries human resources in the country. He said that MMAF planned that in the future, Indonesia will no longer hire foreign crews. From the result of study of Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), number of foreign crews in Bali alone has reached 40,000 people. While every year, MMAF’s marine & fisheries academy produces 1,600-1,700 graduates.
Therefore, efforts to replace foreign crew with local crews should be strengthened by local human resources through the role of private sector. He revealed that today, demand for reliable human resources in the marine & fisheries sector is still lacking. According to him, the necessary standard are to establish an academy that can directly implement practice, and can immediately enter the workforce. Currently, there are only 17 academies like this.
Meanwhile, Yugi Prayanto, Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KADIN Indonesia) for Marine and Fisheries, said that his party supports the government’s efforts to develop marine & fisheries human resources. According to him, this effort will support the marine & fisheries business. In this case, it was difficult to finalize KADIN’s education & training in Seram Island, Maluku. Investment for the development of education & training, his party hopes that marine & fisheries human resources can do a lot of practice in the economic management of fisheries, from upstream to downstream. (E)
Business News - March 6, 2015