During the period in the ITU Council, Indonesia will also focus on a mission that aligns with ITU's end goal of 'to connect the unconnected
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia carries three main agendas in its nomination for becoming a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Region E (Asia and Australasia) for the 2023-2026 period.

The three agendas proposed by Indonesia are capacity building, women's empowerment, and connecting the unconnected, Communication and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate stated here on Thursday.

"During the period in the ITU Council, Indonesia will also focus on a mission that aligns with ITU's end goal of 'to connect the unconnected,'" Plate affirmed.

With these three main agendas, Indonesia is optimistic of becoming a member of the ITU Council for Region E for the 2023-2026 period, Minister Plate affirmed.

Related news: Gov't pushes local components utilization in data center construction

According to Plate, one of the factors that drive optimism is the experience in digital technology, wherein the government has the National Digital Transformation Roadmap for 2021-2024, a guideline for accelerating national digital transformation that includes four pillars: digital infrastructure, digital governance, digital society, and digital economy.

"In the same spirit, Indonesia is committed to connecting the world through the development of digital infrastructure, application development, and inclusive services for everyone," he stated.

Furthermore, Indonesia encourages women's involvement in various activities, programs, and leadership positions in the ITU, Plate noted.

Related news: Government readies to build four PDN to support data-driven policies

"We need to give women more access, space, and opportunities to grow and engage in carrying out the work of ITU member countries," he stressed.

Meanwhile, Indonesia nominated Dr Meiditomo Sutyarjoko as a member of the Radio Regulatory Board (RRB) at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 held in Bucharest, Romania, in September 2022.

In addition, the Communication and Informatics Ministry has implemented the Digital Talent Scholarship Program to boost people's digital literacy and skills.

"In the domestic context, Indonesia upholds the importance of humanitarian aspects in the rise of the digital world. No matter how advanced the world is, no matter how big the changes are, it is the people we must empower first," Plate stated.

Related news: Indonesia garners support from countries to become ITU Council member

Related news: Technology utilization as tool to recover from pandemic

Translator: Natisha A, Kenzu T
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
Copyright © ANTARA 2022