Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Source: AFP/VNA)

Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has stressed the role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in promoting national economic development and reducing inequality in globalisation.

Inequality is one of reasons hindering the promotion of inclusive growth in the digital era, Widodo said on November 18 on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Papua New Guinea.

According to the President, in the next 30 years, it is necessary to priority efforts to reduce inequality. All people should be empowered so they can make contributions the development process.

Indonesia drafted a roadmap on economic policies and vocational training for 2017-2025, Widodo said, adding the Indonesian government will continue investing in human resources development to meet demands on future development.

He said to maximinse benefits of a digital economy, a structuring reform must be conducted. The reform is essential to increase investment in the digital economic field and empowerment to SMEs. - VNA