"When drafting a national medium-term development plan, there are several things that we must overcome first: regulation, institutions, human resources quality, infrastructure development, and the digitalization availability in the country," he explained during an online discussion here on Wednesday.
Digital infrastructure is vital for bringing about an economic transformation as all countries, including Indonesia, have witnessed many changes across sectors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he noted.
Concurring with Monoarfa, Tokopedia co-founder Leontinus Alpha Edison said the first step to realize a digital transformation is mastering science and technology (IPTEK).
The government and the Indonesian people have shown their keenness to master technology, Edison pointed out.
"We have witnessed the ambition in many stakeholders. For example, I see that parents at home are already obsessed with mastering technology. Government programs have also supported IPTEK advanced learning," he observed.
He said technology in Indonesia is developing adding, he is optimistic that it would contribute to efforts towards achieving economic transformation by 2045.
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According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector contributes significantly to the national gross domestic product (GDP), and half of this contribution comes from digital economic activities.
"I think in 2045, there will be more (digital technology) makers, and they will not just concentrate on applications or software, but in many ways," Edison said.
Indonesia will develop digital technologies in the near future, he projected.
"I am sure that Indonesian local makers in 2045 will increase, but they should also be supported not only by digital technology, but other technologies, such as manufacturing," he said.
"It does not have to be large scale, but in 2045, I am positive we can work on the small-scale manufacturing businesses," he added.
In addition to gaining mastery over IPTEK, local players will need to pay more attention to scalability and quality stability, Edison said.
"I feel with the mastery of IPTEK, there will be more local makers, which then our stability, quality, and scalability will be greater," he affirmed.
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