Indonesia lacks entrepreneurs
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Minister of Research and Technology Gusti Muhammad Hatta said that Indonesia still needed many entrepreneurs. Right now it the number is still far from ideal.
To improve the economy, said Hatta, ideally a country has a number of employers no less than two percent of the total people. “Indonesia only has 0.18 percent," said Hatta in the office building for the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT).
Of the total 237 million of population, Hatta said Indonesia should ideally have 4.4 million entrepreneurs. The fact is Indonesia only hasabout 400 thousand. This condition is different from other countries, such as the United States.
Based on data presented by Hatta, in 2007, 11.5 percent of the population in the U.S. is businesspeople. In 2005, Singapore, Hatta said, seven percent of Singaporeans are businesspeople.
Hatta said the population in Indonesia was dominated by young people of productive age. Such a thing, he said, is rare. "Maybe it’s only once every hundred year," he said.
With 120 million people of productive age, Indonesia has the opportunity to increase the number of its domestic entrepreneurs.
By Ananda Badudu
17 July 2012