The pandemic should be viewed as opportunities as well as challenges for youth to prove themselves as an agent of change or an agent of development
Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Sujatmiko has encouraged the youth to harness the COVID-19 pandemic and use it to make themselves agents of change.
“The pandemic should be viewed as opportunities as well as challenges for youth to prove themselves as an agent of change or an agent of development,” he remarked during an online webinar on the topic “Innovative and Creative Youth during and after COVID-19 Pandemic,” here Thursday.
The youth, 93 years ago that had already become heroes today, with all their limitations, were able to unify the youth across the country regardless of their ethnicity and religions, he said.
“They can unite with all their existing limitations, no gadget, no virtual meeting like we are doing today, but they can pledge to be one homeland, one nation, and one language,” he expounded.
Furthermore, the youth’s roles are inseparable from time to time, from the post-independence, new order, to the reform era.
“Hence, no reasons for them to not be able to unite and pursue their bigger dreams for Indonesia,” Sujatmiko noted.
The future of Indonesia is in the hands of the youth today since a demographic bonus will happen in the country where productive-aged groups largely exist, according to the ambassador.
“According to the experts’ forecast, Indonesia that ranked eighth highest GDP in the world in 2016 will reach the fifth position of GDP and Insya Allah (God willing) it is again forecast to be in the fourth position globally following the United States, China, and India,” he informed.
Thus, he called on the youth to harness the momentum of the pandemic to help realize the 2045 Indonesian Vision.
“Currently, the young people tend to be interested in business or entrepreneurship. Young entrepreneurs are full of imagination, creative, fast, and bright ideas that bring fresh air and a positive aura into the national economic growth,” he remarked.