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Indonesia Promotes Digital Technology for Economic Recovery

All G20 member nations, in particular the delegates of the Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG), have a common goal of employing digital technology to promote the global economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Let’s together strengthen synergies and push for an inclusive, empowering and sustainable world recovery that can be carried out together,” says Johnny G. Plate, Minister of Communications and Information.

He stated that the DEWG meeting was characterised by numerous vigorous discussions. Despite these disparities, the G20 countries share a common goal, which is to promote global economic recovery using digital technologies. He asked all parties to support the DEWG series of events during Indonesia’s G20 chairmanship.

With this assistance, it is believed that Indonesia will accomplish two successes: success in terms of the discussion’s content and success in demonstrating the immense potential of super priority tourism locations as the event’s host.

In the meantime, Minister Johnny is optimistic that Indonesia will become a digital hub in Southeast Asia by 2024 if it has a sufficient digital infrastructure base. He stated that the Indonesian government is committed to achieving its goal of becoming the digital hub of ASEAN through the construction of digital infrastructure.

Massive upstream and downstream infrastructure development is conducted so that it can reach all regions of the country, and the government has supported the development of digital talent or digital human resources (HR). The inclusion of digital HR development in the G20’s agenda of priorities demonstrates not only the significance of digital HR development on a national level but also on a worldwide scale.

The Minister stated that they are concentrating on constructing digital downstream infrastructure in the form of cloud-computing-based national data centres in four sites, beginning in the Cikarang region of the West Java Province this year. In addition, he wants the private sector to develop data centres or engage in the construction of downstream digital infrastructure because the potential for growth is so great.

As of now, per capita data consumption in Indonesia is still very low, around 1 watt per capita, implying that the potential is very large when compared to neighbouring countries such as Singapore, where it is 100 watts per capita.

Several key components of developing digital talent were previously reported by OpenGov Asia. One of these is the importance of enlisting the help of stakeholders to adequately address the shifting dynamics of today’s global digital talent requirements.

Reasoning, problem-solving, and ideation, as well as analytical thinking and innovation, active learning and learning strategies, complex problem-solving, critical thinking and analysis, creativity, originality, initiative, leadership, and social influence, are all part of the skill set. Technology use, monitoring, and control, as well as technology design and programming, are also covered.

Minister Johnny also emphasised policy advancements in digital education management, stating that the five interconnected tactics are intended to help students improve their digital literacy. He mentioned the World Bank Group’s Five Strategies of Digital Skills Country Action Plan (DSCAP) as a resource or manual for digital educational institutions.

In addition, the Minister of Communication and Information emphasised the role of women in the realm of digital transformation. He stated that women will make up only 35 per cent of all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors in the last few years and only 3 per cent of female students are enrolled in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) academic programmes.


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