LEVERAGING APEC 2013’S MOMENTUM TO REACHIEVE INDONESIAN GREATNESS
Quoting what Obama said that “History should be our guide” Indonesia which has ever earned its greatness in the 7th and 14th century, for sure can regain its greatness. Indonesia should learn from its history. Based on what is noted in the history, Indonesia has ever held its greatness in Sriwijaya and Majapahit era. Its rule is not only through out Indonesia, yet it expanded to Malaysian peninsula, Cambodia, Vietnam, South Thailand and Philippine. Similar to Obama, Indonesian minister, Jero Wacik, also has ever explained that according to the living theory it is emphasized that nations which has ever held its greatness in the past tend to rehold their greatness sometime in the future.
Furthermore, the position of Indonesia at the heart of the world most dynamic economic region is also one of the plus points for Indonesia to reachieve its economic success. Its good position let Indonesia to be the centre and lane for the world economy. Besides, Indonesia also has the amount of citizens that make it to be a big nations. Therefore, it is not surprising that Indonesia is predicted to be at the 7th largest economy in the world in 2030. It is moreover predicted that for its reason Indonesia will need 113 million skilled workers.
Referring to the economic forecast, Indonesian history and its recent condition, for sure, Indonesian youngsters must wake up from their very deep sleep. APEC will be just about to come which means that there will be many free competitors coming from other countries. Indonesian youngsters must realize that today competition is keener and the challenges are tougher. Well, it is actually a bit late to give a wake up call for Indonesian youngsters now as we are already heading for APEC CEO Summit. However, still I would like to explore and share some ideas that must be done by Indonesian youngsters; as I believe that it is still better to be late than not caring on what has been happening or not doing any action at all.
Learning from Indonesian history in Majapahit era, the biggest problem that finally triggered the destruction of its country is the unity problem. The disunity is caused by the emergence of two religions; Buddhism and Hinduism. This history must be a big rear-view mirror for all of us that remind us to keep the integrity and unity of the country. Indonesian youngsters must have their efforts to help to strengthen Indonesian identity. They must enhance the awareness of national identity and the sense of “Indonesian-ness”. With the huge amount of citizens with different cultures, religions, and characters, unity must be a big deal for the nation. Nevertheless, the same dream to be a big nation can be a means to equalize all the Indonesians’ step.
Along with the efforts to reinforce and strengthen its unity, in welcoming APEC, Indonesians need to work on preparing its generations. The generations that are equipped by 21th century thinking and acting skills. Its generations must be innovative and adaptive. They must have the sense of business and entrepreneurship. However, before having such senses, they must first have humanity. By having humanity, the generations can keep the unity of the nation besides having fairness and integrity. Furthermore, humanity will also lead the generations to have a strong believe that money is just a means not an end. Gaining profit is important, yet maintaining the nations and the worldwide, including its people and nature, is much more important.
After having the sense of humanity, Indonesian youngsters must also own the sense and ability to survive in this coming challenging world. They must believe that those who tried but failed is much respectful than those who only talk but do nothing. Furthermore, the generations must stop asking “why me?” and start asking “why not?” They must creatively open new chance and opportunity rather than search for chance and opportunity. Another skill that must be owned by Indonesian generation is being more care about the social development. They must be well-prepared to success in a new global economy.
In line with the preparation of the generations, those who are now in the position of older generations must give a trust to their youngsters. They must give not only learning but also chance and opportunity. Besides, they must give a vision for their youngsters that all youngsters have equitable access to work together for their nation. What has been happening so far is that those who are already in the prosperous position tend to be reluctant to move and let others get access to their position. If the situation is just let so, there won’t be betterment for this nation.
However, getting access to ABAC website in which I read many youngsters have been taking the roles and working hand in hand with their older generations, I am positive that much wider opportunities and access are open for all Indonesian youngsters. Besides, the coming ABAC Dialogue with Leaders and APEC CEO Summit 2013 will be able to embrace the opportunities for youngsters to interact, collaborate, and create professional relationships not only among those from the same region but also from all over the world. It is true that APEC can be both the opportunities and challenges for the nation. Indonesians have to be prepared for it as it cannot be avoided. Those come hand in hand; therefore, Indonesians have to work hand in hand to be able to recognize and eradicate all the threats that may endanger the national and regional identity and the sense of “Indonesian-ness.”
In short, heading for APEC, I would like to say that Indonesian needs are many more hungry young entrepreneurs who are keenly willing to conquer the world. Therefore, I would like to re-awake all Indonesian youngsters, including me, to start taking action and be the business owners not only workers.