Jakarta (ANTARA) - Communication and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate urged the Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG) to formulate the Ministerial Declaration to handle digital problems in future.

The declaration should not only be formulated based on the aspirations of the Indonesian government but also for a digital future, Plate remarked during the opening of the DEWG meeting in Bali, through a press statement, Tuesday.

The DEWG is one of the working groups of the G20 that focuses on issues related to the digital economy and highlights the role of digital transformation on economic and social growth.

G20 is an international forum comprising 19 countries and the European Union that work together to handle major issues. Indonesia is holding the presidency of the grouping this year.

Plate identified several challenges that include the worrisome digital gap, lack of understanding on digital literacy and skills, and a rise in the number of data leak cases.

In addition, the economic value of digitalization and cross-border data flow harmony to produce new ideas and innovations also become foundational issues. Discussion on these issues will continue to the next presidency.

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This DEWG forum is the first after it was promoted from the Digital Economy Task Force. The minister called to collectively tap into several opportunities in the digital sector.

He urged all delegations to work together in formulating an understanding and policies in the digital transformation field until the end of Indonesia's G20 Presidency.

The fourth DEWG meeting was held in Bali and was personally attended by G20 member countries' delegations, except for Argentina that participated virtually.

In addition to G20 countries, there were delegations from invited countries, including Spain, the Netherlands, Singapore, Rwanda, Cambodia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Representatives from international organizations, such as the Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Economic and Social Commissions for Asia and the Pacific (UN- ESCAP), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and Islamic Development Bank (ISDB), attended in Bali.

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Translator: Natisha A, Fadhli Ruhman
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