Jakarta (ANTARA News) Chairman of Indonesian Entrepreneurs Association (APINDO) Hariyadi B. Sukamdani said that strengthening connectivity between regions from the western to eastern parts of Indonesia became a challenge for business people in the era of disruption.

"Strengthening connectivity is necessary to stimulate the growth of economy in the region," Hariyadi B. Sukamdani said during a seminar on The Future Digital Transformation, Government & Private Partnership here on Monday.

Java, he noted, still dominates the growth of national economy.

He stated that connectivity that is in line with the growth of new economic movements in the regions will increase productivity and national competitiveness.

Thus, sustainable and equitable economic growth can be felt by all levels of society.

The challenge of strengthening connectivity to create equitable and sustainable economic development and the challenges of the digital era in the business world are two important points in the era of disruption, he said.

Therefore, a synergy between the private sector and the government is needed to answer a number of challenges.

The synergy is expected to be a benchmark which can maintain national economic growth while creating jobs.

Meanwhile, Chairperson of APINDO for Transportation Affairs Carmelita Hartoto expected that the participants of the seminar could give inputs or proposals in relation to strengthening national connectivity and addressing the challenges of trade competition in the era of digital transformation.

The strengthening of national connectivity from Sabang to Marauke becomes one of Indonesia`s major challenges, she said.

"Indonesia is an archipelagic country. Strengthening Indonesia`s connectivity requires an integrated network of all modes of transportation, both from land, sea, air and rail," she said.

The transportation system also needs to be connected and integrated with industrial estates, as a node of economic movement.

In the era of digital transformation, business people are required to follow market patterns that need transportation services which are efficient, fast, safe and comfortable.

"To answer this challenge, it is necessary to involve the role of the government and national private sector," she said.

In addition, the government and national transportation business actors requires understanding in formulating ways to strengthen national connectivity.

"As a result, the planning that has been prepared by the government can be understood by all stakeholders," she said.

Reporter: Azis Kurmala
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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