JAKARTA (CNA) — The Indonesian government said Thursday it is ready to start sending migrant workers again to 22 countries and regions around the world, including Taiwan, after a suspension of nearly four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesian Minister of Manpower Ida Fauziyah said that when the country’s export of migrant workers resumes, 88,973 Indonesians will be permitted to work in 22 countries and regions worldwide.
Indonesia has forged agreements with 14 of the 22 countries and regions on the supply of migrant labor, covering issues such the protection of the workers’ health amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Ida said.
She did not say, however, when exactly the export of labor will resume, nor did she name the participating countries, saying only that the dates will be decided based on the readiness of each of the foreign governments.
Benny Rhamdani, chief of the Agency for the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers, who was also at the press conference, told CNA afterwards that the government will send official notices on Friday to the 14 countries and regions with which it has reached agreements on labor supply.
One such notice will be sent to the Indonesia Economic and Trade Office in Taipei, the de facto Indonesian embassy in Taiwan, according to Benny.
CNA has learned that the other 13 countries and regions that have already reached agreements with Indonesia on migrant labor supply include Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Kuwait, and Nigeria.
On March 20, Indonesia suspended its export of migrant labor, including workers on foreign vessels, as part of its COVID-19 containment efforts.