Jakarta (ANTARA) - A legislator Evita Nursanty urged the government to take anticipatory steps regarding the ASEAN Agreement on Electronic Commerce, or Bill on PMSE, by making adjustments, starting from regulations to institutions if the bills are approved.

Nursanty, the House of Representatives’ (DPR’s) Commission VI member, deemed it important for Indonesia to capitalize on all technological developments, such as artificial intelligence, blockchains, and financial technology (fintech), in order to derive maximum benefits from this trade.

"In addition, a comprehensive understanding of the Industrial revolution 4.0 is necessary, so that various plans for changes to regulations and institutions will be really effective," Nursanty noted in a written statement received here, Thursday.

She suggested that the government must respond quickly to such reforms. The bill that regulates e-commerce will be a milestone for ushering in positive changes in the use of technology in Indonesia. Hence, in establishing this cooperation, Indonesia's interests must be a top priority.

"The government must be fully committed to protecting personal data and increasing the security of our citizens as consumers in conducting e-commerce transactions. This can be achieved by completing various draft regulations and building the data center infrastructure," Nursanty remarked.

Earlier, the House' Commission VI and the Indonesian government had agreed that the bill on the ASEAN Agreement on Electronic Commerce was brought to a plenary session after clearing the level I talks.

Meanwhile, Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi expressed gratitude to lawmakers, as with perseverance and a constructive spirit, discussion on the bill can be conducted properly and smoothly.

Lutfi noted that several inputs were recorded during the level I talks, such as the need to prepare various comprehensive policies as well as regulations and concrete work programs related to the development of trade through electronic systems, including the development of MSMEs, consumer protection, logistics costs, fair business competition, protection of personal data, localization data, and cyber security.

The minister was optimistic that the PMSE Bill would be able to boost trade in goods and services through an electronic trading system, increase the competitiveness of domestic business actors, and intensify cooperation between ASEAN members.

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