The presence of digital government will create a digital ecosystem and provide added value to public services
Padang, W Sumatra (ANTARA) - The Digital Government Bill that is currently being drafted can realize a professional government and improve the quality of public services, senator Muslim Yatim stated in Padang, West Sumatra.

"Digital government is not only limited to conducting services digitally but messaging government information to the public using various existing information technologies," Yatim noted at the validity test of the Digital Government Bill in collaboration between the Regional Representatives Council (DPD RI) and the Center for Constitutional Studies of Andalas University, Padang on Thursday.

According to the senator, currently, almost 80 percent of Indonesians have used digital devices, so the existence of digital government is relevant.

Yatim remarked that the development of digital government had begun in 1990, starting with the computerization of government administration, such as the personnel information system and domestic communication system.

"However, the implementation of digital government is currently constrained by standardization, implementation, minimal infrastructure, weak organizational culture, limited quality of human resources, and weak digital literacy," he pointed out.

Hence, Yatim said, the DPD RI encourages the realization of digital government under the legal foundation of the Digital Government Bill.

He noted that the bill includes 18 chapters and 80 articles ranging from general provisions, digital ecosystems, digital society, digital transformation, digital protection, and even prohibitions to criminal provisions.

"The presence of digital government will create a digital ecosystem and provide added value to public services," he stated.

Moreover, Yatim highlighted that digital government will increase the confidence of the business world and the public in the government.

Meanwhile, Head of the Institute for Educational Development and Quality Assurance of Andalas University, Henny Lucida, assessed that the existence of the digital government should be able to improve public services that had not been running optimally.

Lucida drew attention to the obstacles posed to the implementation of the digital government system in the form of lack of online services, connectivity, unequal communication, and low human resources.

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Translator: Ikhwan W, Kenzu T
Editor: Sri Haryati
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