They wanted to build a data center, but the government is currently proposing the bill of Personal Data Protection to the parliament. Since Microsoft wants to invest as soon as possible, we have decided to work on a simple regulation.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) echoed Microsoft Corp’s willingness to invest in developing a data center facility in Indonesia after he met with its CEO, Satya Nadella, during the Digital Economy Summit 2020 in Jakarta, Thursday.

The government will adopt a follow-up measure by putting in place such a regulation within the next week, Jokowi revealed, adding that this was since progress is still underway in the Personal Data Protection Bill.

"They are keen to build a data center, but the government has currently proposed the bill of Personal Data Protection to the Parliament. Since Microsoft is intent on investing as soon as possible, we have decided to work on a simple regulation," Jokowi informed the press.

Since Jokowi had pledged to create a great nuance to facilitate investors to invest in the country, he had demanded government bodies to ease the process, especially during this era of digital economy.

Moreover, Indonesia is viewed as having a promising market share of the digital economy and believed to become the largest market across the region.

Some US$8 billion in digital economy transactions were generated in Indonesia in 2015, with the figure increasing to $40 billion by 2019.

"It was forecast that we could reach US$133 billion by 2025. Our start-up ecosystem is the most active regionally, with a large population. What a big market we are," Jokowi pointed out.

Indonesia’s overall internet penetration rate had reached 65 percent in 2019, thereby translating to the fact that some 171 million people in Indonesia use the internet.

While working on the simple regulation for Microsoft, the government is also targeting to finish discussion on the Personal Data Protection law that will manage 12 points, including personal data types, personal data owner's rights, as well as personal data processing.
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