Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy highlighted the need for plentiful digital talent in Indonesia to face the Industry 4.0 era.

"In facing the Industry 4.0 era, Indonesia still lacks skilled personnel and digital experts," Ministry's Deputy for Digital Economy and Creative Product, Muhamnad Neil El Himam, remarked during a virtual graduation event for JuaraGCP Google Indonesia on Tuesday.

Citing the World Bank's report in 2016, Himam stated that Indonesia was facing a shortage of some nine million semi-skilled and skilled digital talent in a period of 15 years.

In order to bridge the digital talent gap, Indonesia will have to produce some 600 thousand every year.

In the Industrial 4.0 era, Indonesia is projected to require digital talent in several sectors, including 5G, cloud computing, big data, and soft skills, to support their professionalism.

"5G and cloud will change the landscape of digital economy in Indonesia," he stated.

Himam cited as an example that cloud gaming was one of the sectors to develop in the cloud and 5G era.

In a bid to support the digital economy ecosystem in Indonesia, the ministry had come up with several programs, including the Bekraf Digital Talent and Go Startup Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Head of Google Cloud Indonesia, Megawaty Khie, stated that the JuaraGCP program had trained over 12 thousand developers in Indonesia in 60 cities in the fields of data analysis, machine learning, and DevOps.

Citing a report from the Boston Consulting Group, 345 thousand new jobs would be available by 2023 if public cloud technology were to be significantly adopted in Indonesia.

Cloud computing technology, also called the cloud, is necessary to support digital transformation, not only for startups but also for companies in order to ensure that their businesses stay competitive.
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