Johnny Invites Collaboration to Realize Inclusive Digital Transformation

MINISTER of Communications and Informatics Johnny G. Plate invites G20 member countries to collaborate in realizing a digital transformation that is more inclusive, empowering, and sustainable.

“Through this meeting, we hope to provide substantive results that will lead to collaborative efforts for a more inclusive, empowering and sustainable digital transformation,” he said at the First Meeting of the G20 Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG), which took place in a hybrid manner from the Aruna Senggigi Hotel, West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.

Johnny emphasized that currently global collaboration is important because the wave of digitalization has connected the world stronger than ever. According to him, the digitalization of the economy has driven the transformation in the ecosystem towards a more data-centric behavior and the creation of new economic values.

“It also encourages greater connectivity between individuals and countries to ensure the continuity of the digital ecosystem driven by efforts to capture new value creation in the economy,” he said.

Therefore, the Minister of Communication and Information stated that the increasing role of digital connectivity in daily economic activities is always relevant in post-covid-19 recovery.

“Even the utilization of digital connectivity, digital skills and digital literacy play a fundamental role. Especially in preparing people to use the digital ecosystem productively in an inclusive, empowering, and sustainable way,” he said.

Through the first meeting of the Digital Economy Working Group, Johnny stated that the Government of the Republic of Indonesia hopes to build a constructive dialogue and discussion between developing and developed countries regarding skill improvement at all levels of society.

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“Several relevant gaps in particular must be addressed related to connectivity and post-Covid-19 recovery issues, digital skills and digital literacy and Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT) and Cross-Border Data Flow (CBDF),” he stressed.

The Minister of Communication and Information appreciated all the delegates who were present virtually and in person at the first DEWG session. According to him, this momentum can be used as a joint forum to continue the constructive discussions initiated in Workshop 1 of the G20 Digital Economy Working Group.

“I hope everyone is in good health and in high spirits. I believe that the sessions to be held today and tomorrow will result in fruitful discussions that will contribute to the goals of DEWG,” he said

Johnny believes that the First Meeting of the Digital Economy Working Group is able to answer various challenges and concerns of the digital economy.

“We look forward to a consensus reached on a solution formed from the exchange of views and beneficial collaboration for a stronger common recovery. I wish you all the best for today’s first DEWG Meeting,” he hoped.

In the First Meeting of the Digital Economy Working Group, the Minister of Communication and Information, Johnny G. Plate, was accompanied by the Chair of the DEWG and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Communications and Informatics, Mira Tayyiba and the Alternate Chair, Dedy Permadi. Also present were the Director of Information Empowerment, the Directorate General of Informatics Applications, Bonie Pudjianto and the Head of the International Institutional Center Ichwan Makmur Nasution.

The meeting was also attended by delegates from G20 member countries, as well as four DEWG Global Knowledge Partners namely the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Three Knowledge Partners were also present, namely: University of Indonesia (UI), Gadjah Mada University (UGM), and Padjadjaran University (UNPAD). (RO/OL-7)

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