Jakarta (ANTARA) - The elected president should invest in the empowerment of human resources in order to support the digital market in Indonesia, an analyst of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Fajar B Hirawan said here on Monday.

The Jakarta-based think-tank's analyst said that the growth of the Indonesian digital market has been more robust than that of the markets in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

Quoting research by Google and Temasek that revealed that Indonesia’s digital market is worth US$27 billion, and the value may increase to US$100 billion by 2025, Hirawan said that investing in people is needed to maintain inclusive economic development in the country.

He added that the elected president should retain inclusive growth because it will trim unemployment, as well as elevate poverty and decrease inequality in Indonesia.

The analyst stated that the country’s economy is relatively steady now, as reflected by the stable inflation rate at 3.27 percent to 3.5 percent, while the growth rate is at 5.1 percent to 5.3 percent.

“We have a strong economy now; therefore, the elected president should continue to maintain inflation and growth,” he noted.

Indonesia will simultaneously hold the presidential and legislative elections on April 17. The incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin will go head-to-head against Prabowo Subianto, who teams up with Sandiaga Uno.


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