Need for a digital-ready society to realize the vision of Advanced Indonesia

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These various topics of discussion show that digitalization is a pillar to realize advanced Indonesia (by 2045).

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Building a digital-ready society in Indonesia is highly necessary to maximize the benefits of digital economy and finance to realize the vision of advanced Indonesia by 2045, said the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto.

Achieving a digital-ready society can be achieved by improving literacy, accessibility, skills and employment, he said during the Leaders’ Insight session of the Indonesian Festival of Life. Financial Digital Economy 2022 (FEKDI), according to a statement received here on Friday.

To achieve uniform and equitable connectivity for the community, the Indonesian government continues to strive to provide better quality and coverage of digital services.

The government has also realized the importance of strengthening cooperation and seeking support from the private sector to ensure digital access across the country.

“Additionally, the government has continued to develop (the community’s) digital skills by providing scholarships in communication and computer technologies through the Digital Talent Scholarship Scheme” , noted the Coordinating Minister.

The implementation of FEKDI 2022, initiated by Bank Indonesia and the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs, was also part of efforts to accelerate digitalization in Indonesia.

It was organized to bring together various financial players to collaborate to advance digital finance in Indonesia.

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The collaboration was strengthened by a common commitment through the launch of the National Movement for Digital Economy and Finance.

Additionally, challenges and opportunities regarding the deployment of digital currency, cross-border payments, as well as accelerating digital innovation were also discussed at FEKDI 2022.

“These different talking points show that digitalization is a pillar to achieve advanced Indonesia (by 2045),” Hartarto said.

The festival also provided a platform to showcase the efforts and policies that have been implemented by the government to encourage the development of an inclusive digital economy and financial sector to accelerate the national economic recovery, he added.

Policies highlighted at the festival included the use of the Indonesian Quick Response Code Standard (QRIS) as well as the use of virtual reality technology in vocational education and training.

As a payment gateway, QRIS could facilitate the implementation of domestic and cross-border transactions, Hartarto said.

“To make digital transformation a success, community support and preparedness are essential. Not only to minimize the impact of (technological) disruption, but it also aims to be able to maximize the benefits of digital development,” he added.

He also commended the implementation of the festival, which managed to attract around a thousand offline participants and 10,000 online participants, from July 11 to 15, 2022.

He said he expected the implementation of FEKDI 2022, which was a side event to Indonesia’s G20 Presidency, to illustrate the progress of digital economy and financial sector development and become a forum to stimulate regional and global cooperation.

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