Minister for research, technology and higher education Mohamad Nasir has called on researchers – including those in Bali province’s research and development agency (Balitbangda) – to create innovation that benefited the millennial generation. That is because, in the next 30 years, Indonesia’s working force would be dominated by millennials.

“Some 50 percent of the world’s population right now is aged below 30. How do the millennials see the world?” said Nasir when he opened the 2019 research and development forum in Bali’s Badung regency, Thursday, February 21.

Nasir said that unemployment rate would likely to be high in the next 10 years if Indonesian research and development agencies did not focus on innovation.

“It would become a problem if we do not anticipate this possible scenario. We have to leverage our demographic bonus, where between 2031 and 2045, Indonesian working force would outnumber the population of children and elderly,” said Nasir.

Nasir highlighted innovation that had been commonly used by millennials in Indonesia as to improve the nation’s economy, such as products invented by local unicorns like Gojek, Tokopedia, Bukalapak and Traveloka.

Badung regent I Nyoman Giri Prasta said his administration had prepared millennials in the regency to learn from innovation created by foreign countries.

“We have provided our children with scholarship to study abroad, such as in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Australia. We hope that they will return to Badung after their study there. These human resources would create many opportunities for Badung,” said Giri Prasta.

Giri Prasta said he was taking measures to use innovation in development in his regency.

“We have used GPS technology to renovate tunnels,” the regent said.

While in Badung, Nasir and his entourage paid a visit to the Badung Command Center which provides several kind of data, including CCTV footages on many points in the area, such as the regency’s administration office, schools, health facilities and tourism spots.

The events were joined also by research, technology and higher education ministry officials, Badung student representatives, Udayana University rector I Nyoman Abdi and local officials.