Jakarta government candidate taps into aspiring young entrepreneurs

Jakarta government candidate taps into aspiring young entrepreneurs

Candidate Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono socializes with Lebanese children in South Lebanon as part of a mission with the UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon). Cover credit: Wikimedia

Candidate Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono socializes with Lebanese children in South Lebanon as part of a mission with the UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon). Cover credit: Wikimedia

A gubernatorial candidate for Jakarta, Indonesia, has aimed his campaign toward young people, aiming to sway them through a set of new talent centers. Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono said he would establish these spaces across the capital if elected governor of the city under the centrist “Demokrat” party.

The talent centers, known as “Kedai Jakarta,” would involve facilities to allow young people to create business startups, with high speed internet and modernised rooms fit for meetings and pitching products to investors. In addition, their architecture would also include elements of traditional Betawi culture. As many as 100 centers in total are planned, with at least two across each of the city’s 44 districts.

“Young people today are looking for places where they can channel their creativity,” the candidate said. He has also stated that construction of the centers would be carried out over several years in collaboration with the private sector.

Agus has spoken at several campaign events about the initiative, including the Young Voters Festival which ran from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1. He promised that the centers would become hangout spots for all citizens in the city as well as young people, with plans for Betawi music and cuisine being offered at each one.

With Sylviana Murni as his running mate, the candidate hopes that this policy will win over Jakarta’s aspiring businesspeople, allowing them to flex their skills more freely in the future. The city will vote for its next governor on Feb. 15.

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