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Indonesia Develops Strong Digital Ecosystem through Partnership

The Government of the Republic of Indonesia is keen to establish a synergy with tech companies to develop a digital ecosystem in Indonesia. Indonesia is currently accelerating digital transformation by developing an ecosystem and digital talents. To advance the growth of the digital economy, the development of digital talent is important for Indonesia which will later become one of the pillars in preparing Indonesia to become a developed nation.

The Ministry of Communication and Informatics appreciates the tech companies to develop Open Technology and Metaverse Ecosystem in Indonesia. This synergy will encourage local industries to take advantage of metaverse technology and Indonesian people will be able to take advantage of the metaverse.

The tech company expresses support for collaboration in product creation and development of open technologies and the metaverse ecosystem in Indonesia. Right now, Indonesia needs is Open Innovative Research and Innovative Engineering. The company is ready and open to collaborating and participating further in Indonesia.

Local manufacturing for Open RAN and Open WIFI is important in developing the ecosystem in Indonesia. The company wants to support this collaboration and work hand-in-hand with the government. The company has a blueprint called that can be used as a reference for establishing local manufacturing for OpenRAN.

The Minister of Communication and Informatics builds partnerships and collaborations to expand the reach of the internet in Indonesia. To expand the reach of the internet to make it more affordable, the ministry is looking for every possible solution and option including building partnerships and collaborating with third parties.

The main focus of the Ministry of Communication and Informatics is currently providing affordable access to communication which is the key to Indonesia’s future economic development. Currently, the Indonesian economy is supported by 60% of SMEs, affordability and connectivity access to expand connectivity coverage is the key to sustaining and developing the Indonesian economy further.

The United States is interested in addressing broadband for underserved areas in rural areas of Indonesia. In addition, Indonesia can also assist with investment and support the US ecosystem through the states, NTIA, USAID and can support local hardware assembly.

Fast growth in the Internet-using population has powered Indonesia to be one of the fastest-growing digital economies in South East Asia. Adults with Internet access increased more than three-fold from 13 in 2011 to 51% in 2019. 49% of Indonesian adults are still not connected to the Internet and a significant digital divide persists across various spatial, economic, and social dimensions. Indonesians in the top 10% of the income distribution are 5 times more likely to be connected to the internet than those in the lowest 10%.

Indonesians who are connected to the internet use it quite intensively, with communication, social media and leisure applications dominating usage. On average, Indonesians spend around 6 hours online, with younger and more educated groups more digitally engaged.

As reported by OpenGov Asia, digital technology has the potential to create new jobs for 20-45 million workers in Indonesia, according to the Indonesian National Development Planning Minister and Head of the National Planning and Development Agency (Bappenas) Suharso Monoarfa. Addressing the Statistical Society Forum, Monoarfa said Indonesia has experienced digitalisation which is projected to create new types of jobs for 20-45 million vacancies.

While Indonesia has one of the fastest-growing digital economies in South East Asia, action is needed to ensure that all Indonesians, especially the most vulnerable, can access various digital technologies and services and realise the benefits. Although the accelerated adoption of internet-enabled services during the pandemic is likely to boost the growth of the digital economy, the benefits of such development could be unequal.

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