The First 366 Days of Jokowi-Ma'ruf

Government built 84 online business service centers in past year

Government built 84 online business service centers in past year

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Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Joko Widodo (Jokowi)-Ma'ruf Amin cabinet's annual report data, quoted on Tuesday, showed that the Indonesian government, under President Jokowi's administration, built 84 online business service centers in the past year.

A total of 8,876 products were sold out to the marketplace through those online business service centers.

The report also highlighted that the government had made a major leap in digital transformation to expedite development in some underdeveloped regions.

The report claims that the government had achieved progress by reducing the number of underdeveloped regions, from 122 to 62.

In early August of 2020, President Jokowi had readied a digital transformation roadmap in strategic sectors.

Executive Director of the Indonesia ICT Institute Heru Sutadi stated that the digital transformation roadmap serves as an entry point for the nation to move towards a digital economy.

"This is a pretty good statement for the development of digital economy in Indonesia since this pandemic is actually making people imbibe digital mannerism," Sutardi, concurrently a digital economy observer, stated.

Sutardi pointed to the current rapid growth in e-commerce in Indonesia wherein people conducted most of their trade transactions online.

However, he also called on the government to prioritize national products amid the hustle and bustle of those online transactions.

"The government must empower local MSMEs by helping them to enhance the quality of production, so that their products may have a broad market coverage, not only on a local and national scale but also globally," he stated.

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) has adopted some measures to expedite digital transformation in Indonesia that encompass developing digital infrastructure; preparing digital transformation roadmaps in strategic sectors; accelerating data center integration; ensuring availability of digital talent; and setting some regulations, financing, and funding schemes.

In early October 2020, the ministry had launched the Indonesian MSMEs Digital Training Program aimed at empowering SMEs and MSMEs in the country, particularly those located outside Java.

In a bid to accelerate digital transformation, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology had also started a Digital Talent Scholarship Program in mid-July 2020 to ready digital talent, with Industry 4.0 expertise, to inch towards Indonesia's digital society. Related news: Vendors at Yogyakarta's Beringharjo turn to online sales amid pandemic
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