Jakarta (ANTARA) - Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto has met with Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security of Singapore, Teo Chee Hean, in Jakarta to discuss strengthening digital economic cooperation between the two countries.

Indonesia and Singapore agreed to strengthen cooperation in the digital economy, especially for the development of human resources, through the Tech Talents Program.

Hartarto said that development of the quality of human resources is a supporting factor in increasing a country's competitive capabilities.

"The Tech Talents program that is being discussed by the two countries can be developed for mutual benefit for young technological talents as well as the industries and ecosystems of the two countries," he noted in a statement received here on Thursday.

Hartarto also highlighted the government's steadfast commitment to developing the digital economy through various efforts, such as the establishment of the ASEAN Digital Economy Framework under Indonesia's Chair of ASEAN in 2023.

"Development of the national digital economy is also supported by efforts to improve the quality of human resources, build technological supporting infrastructure, such as data centers, and increase e-government programs," he stated.

During the meeting on Wednesday, the two ministers also discussed development of the manufacturing industry in Indonesia, especially in the automotive sector, where Indonesia has a large production capacity and has exported automotives with high local content.

In this automotive sector, Indonesia also opens opportunities for the development of electric vehicles.

During the meeting, Hartarto stated that Indonesia is open to foreign investment for the development of green technology, especially to achieve its net zero emission target in 2060 and to open the widest possible employment opportunities in the country.

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