February 25, 2024

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Indonesia, Singapore Enhancing Regional Digital Innovation

The Minister of Communication and Information, Budi Arie Setiadi, received a visit from the Singaporean Ambassador to Indonesia, Kwok Fook Seng, it aims at discussing digital economic cooperation. This meeting is not only a pivotal step in the bilateral relations between the two countries but also a follow-up to various previous meetings involving stakeholders in the digital economy field.

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In this meeting, Minister Budi Arie Setiadi and Ambassador Kwok Fook Seng extensively discussed cooperation plans in line with the ASEAN Digital Ministerial Meeting (ADMM) framework.

Minister Budi Arie Setiadi explained, “In line with previous bilateral meetings between the two countries, there are several important agendas that need to be discussed in preparation for the upcoming ASEAN Digital Ministerial Meeting next year. Therefore, we discussed mutually beneficial cooperation as ASEAN member states.”

This meeting reflects the importance of regional cooperation in facing challenges and opportunities in the digital economy. ASEAN, as a regional entity, plays a vital role in driving digital economic growth and creating an environment that supports innovation and investment in this sector.

Cooperation between Indonesia and Singapore in this regard is a strategic step to ensure that ASEAN countries can unite in addressing global dynamics related to technology and the digital economy.

Furthermore, this meeting also reflects a joint commitment to harness the potential of the digital economy as a crucial factor in the growth and development of both countries. It is a positive step towards increased collaboration in various sectors, including trade, investment, innovation, and regulations that support the development of the digital economy in ASEAN.

Minister Budi Arie Setiadi is very optimistic about the opportunities for cooperation in the digital economy, given that ASEAN is projected to have a digital economic development potential exceeding Rp20 trillion by 2030. This perspective reflects an understanding of the significant role of the digital economy in the economic development of ASEAN and its highly positive impact on Indonesia, Singapore, and all ASEAN member countries.

Minister Budi Arie Setiadi explained, “The digital economy is a necessity. So, there are some issues, such as personal data protection, data security, and digital economic development.”  This stride underscores the importance of addressing data and security issues in the context of the digital economy, which is crucial for sustainable growth.

In addition to discussing the potential of the digital economy, Minister Budi Arie Setiadi also expressed concern about issues related to negative content in the digital space. He noted that Singapore has developed an effective approach to identifying, verifying, and providing explanations to the public regarding negative content. Learning from Singapore’s experiences in dealing with such issues is paramount for Indonesia, especially in the context of Indonesia’s larger population complexity.

In the context of upcoming events, the Singaporean Ambassador to Indonesia, Kwok Fook Seng, appreciated the meeting held by the instructions of the Singaporean Minister of Communication and Information, Josephine Theo. Kwok Fook Seng also announced that there will be an ASEAN Digital Minister Meeting in January next year and conveyed an invitation from Minister Josephine Theo to Minister Budi Arie Setiadi.

The Singaporean Ambassador reaffirmed Singapore’s commitment to continue working with Indonesia in addressing various challenges identified during the meeting and resolving issues at the ASEAN level. This meeting reflects strong cooperation between the two countries in achieving common goals in the context of the digital economy and technological development.


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