(The investment) stood at Rp7 trillion in 2019 and increased to Rp10 trillion in 2020
Jakarta (ANTARA) - State budget investment in digital infrastructure in Indonesia has reached Rp75 trillion (US$5.2 billion) for the 2019-2022 period, according to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati.

“(Investment) stood at Rp7 trillion (US$487 million) in 2019 and increased to Rp10 trillion (US$696 million) in 2020. It is expected to further move up to around Rp30 trillion (US$2 billion) in 2021. However, it will decline to Rp25 trillion (US$1.7 billion) in 2022,” Sri Mulyani noted at the 3rd Indonesia Fintech Summit 2021 on Saturday.

With the funneling of large investment, satellite, fiber optic cable networks, and base transceiver stations (BT) can serve the entire territory of Indonesia, she affirmed.

The minister remarked that over 20 thousand villages currently lacking good internet access will be connected to a reliable internet system.

“Schools, Islamic boarding schools, and various health activities, such as puskesmas (public health service posts), will be digitally connected (to the system),” she stated.

Thus, digital infrastructure will support transformation not only in the economic sector but also the health and educational sectors that are also of great significance, she affirmed.

Digital technology has offered opportunities to conduct increasingly democratic and equitable development, she remarked.

However, the minister pointed out that the increasingly democratic and equitable development will not materialize if some elements of the community are unable to access technology and the internet.

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