"I want to invite Germany to establish a partnership in realizing digital transformation in Indonesia. Indonesia is preparing a roadmap for the implementation of Making Indonesia 4.0," the President said in his opening remarks at the Hannover Messe 2021 expo, delivered online from the State Palace here on Monday.
He was flanked by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of Industry, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi.
"There are three main things. First, in the industrial era 4.0, strengthening human resources is a necessity," the President said.
Indonesia also has a demographic bonus, he pointed out.
"In 2030, the number of productive age (citizens) in Indonesia will double. The challenge is to prepare human resources capable of facing future challenges, challenges of big data, artificial intelligence, the Internet of things," he observed.
He said he believes Germany can support the strengthening of Indonesian human resources through the development of vocational education and strengthening of research and technology-based universities.
"Second, creating an investment climate that is conducive to Industry 4.0. Improving the investment climate requires structural reforms, the passage of the Job Creation Law is one of them," he added.
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The Job Creation Law will make business permits easier to obtain, provide legal certainty, and provide incentives, he said.
"The Job Creation Law also provides incentives for the digital economy. The Job Creation Law will support the development of Industry 4.0," the President remarked.
The third is investment in green development, he said.
"This pandemic is a momentum to encourage green development. According to the WEF (World Economy Forum), the potential for green economy or green development is enormous — business opportunities amount to US$10.1 trillion and (there are) opportunities for 395 million new jobs by 2030," he noted.
According to President Widodo, Indonesia has made several breakthroughs in green industry development, including obtaining biodiesel from palm oil and installing rooftop solar power plants for households.
"This project will not only create tens of thousands of new jobs, but also reduce greenhouse gas emissions," he said.
As the world's largest nickel producer, Indonesia is also developing nickel ore for processing into lithium batteries, the main component of cellphone and electric car batteries, he added.
"The partnership between Indonesia and Germany for future green development is one of the priorities. I appreciate the German Green Infrastructure Initiative with a value of 2.5 billion euros. This program is expected to support the development of green infrastructure in Indonesia," he stated.
He said he hoped Germany would come out of the crisis, recover, and grow stronger.
"I am sure that Indonesia and Germany can partner to come out of this pandemic as winners," he remarked. (INE)
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