The Digital Economy Offers New Opportunities for Indonesia’s Economic Growth | International

Jakarta, Sep 21 (VNA) — The digital economy offers new opportunities for Indonesia’s economic growth, according to the country’s Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto.

The Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs of the country, Airlangga Hartarto. Photo: ANTARA

The country’s digital economy totaled $70 billion last year, and is expected to reach $146 billion by 2025.

With digitalization, more and more companies in Indonesia are applying digital technology to innovate and grow their startups across the country, and several unicorns have been listed on national and global stock exchanges, Minister Airlangga Hartarto said during a meeting. an event on September 19.

The Indonesian government has also developed the National Digital Economy Framework to encourage collaboration and foster synergy among all relevant stakeholders and ensure the priority of the foundation of Indonesia’s digital economy.

It continued to focus on infrastructure development, in both physical and digital form, ranging from the construction of fiber optic networks, BTS towers, data centers and high-speed satellites (HTS), to the development of networks 5G.

Government policies to support digital talent development will remain unchanged, Airlangga Hartarto said, adding that currently Indonesia needs about 600,000 digital talents every year.

The government has developed human resources through the application of information and communication technology (ICT) as a central part of the curriculum and vocational training as well as training programs to help workers to adapt to labor market dynamics that have changed due to digital technology transformation.

One of the trainings that have embraced digitalization is the pre-employment card scheme which has enabled workers, job seekers and owners of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to learn new skills or improve existing skills.- VNA