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Indonesia: Digital Competencies for Smart Governance

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Digital technology is increasingly vital for governments to deliver satisfactory public services. As technology advances, governments must innovate continuously to provide more efficient and effective services to the public. Many governments worldwide, including Indonesia, offer digital training to local leaders and public servants to ensure they can tackle challenges and leverage digital opportunities to enhance public services.

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Indonesia is accelerating smart city transformation, with digital technology as a key pillar of this change. Smart cities utilise information and communication technology to improve citizens’ quality of life, enhance public service efficiency, and boost economic competitiveness. By embracing the smart city concept, Indonesia aims to enhance public service efficiency, create a more sustainable environment, and promote eco-friendliness.

However, achieving this smart city vision requires ensuring that all local leaders and public servants possess the understanding and skills to utilise digital technology effectively. Digital training is crucial in preparing them for the demands of this increasingly digital era. Therefore, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has taken steps to organise a workshop aimed at enhancing the digital competencies of talent in the government of Aceh Province.

The workshop not only aims to improve understanding and skills in digital technology but also to create synergy between the central and regional governments in addressing digital challenges. Deputy Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Nezar Patria, has committed to implementing the Digital Leadership Academy (DLA) programme to equip leaders in the government of Aceh Province with the necessary digital skills.

In a meeting with the Acting Governor of Aceh, Achmad Marzuki, at the Office of the Governor of Aceh Province, Nezar Patria explained his plans to organise workshops that will introduce and deepen the concept of DLA. This initiative is expected to provide Echelon II-level leaders in the government of Aceh Province with crucial and relevant education. Nezar Patria emphasised the significance of this opportunity for the government of Aceh Province, given Aceh’s inclusion in the priority development map.

Through the DLA Programme, it is envisioned that the regional government in Aceh will be well-equipped to utilise digital technology to solve governance problems. This was revealed by Deputy Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Nezar Patria, in a meeting with Acting Governor of Aceh, Achmad Marzuki. He explained that the DLA Programme will change the mindset of leaders at the Echelon II level in the Government of Aceh Province regarding the use of digital technology.

In addition to the DLA Programme, the Deputy Minister of Communication and Information Technology also offers various training programmes included in the Digital Talent Scholarship Programme. These include the Vocational School Graduate Academy (VSGA), Talent Scouting Academy (TSA), Fresh Graduate Academy (FGA), Professional Academy (FGA), Digital Entrepreneurship Academy (DEA), Thematic Academy (TA), and Government Transformation Academy (GTA). Nezar Patria emphasised that these trainings aims to support the development of digital talents for the people of Aceh, including young people, the general public, and professionals.

Previously, the Acting Governor of Aceh Province, Achmad Marzuki, had requested the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) to facilitate a workshop on the development of digital talent in Aceh Province. He believes this activity will increase the understanding of the Aceh community about the digital world. Marzuki also expressed his support for the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology’s efforts to strengthen digital talent in Aceh Province, with the aim of forming a solid community for Kominfo activities in Aceh.

“Digital talent is needed to face challenges and take advantage of opportunities in this digital era,” said Acting Governor of Aceh, Achmad Marzuki. “This workshop is expected to provide a better understanding to the Aceh community about the importance of digital technology and how to use it effectively in daily life and in the workplace.”

While Indonesia has not yet fully become a digital country, its steps and optimism towards a digital society are growing stronger. Despite many challenges, such as the need for more evenly distributed digital infrastructure and improved data protection, Indonesia’s commitment to becoming a digital country is becoming more evident. With solid cooperation between the government, private sector, and society, Indonesia has great potential to become a leader in digital transformation in the Southeast Asian region.


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