Jakarta (ANTARA) - Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Abdullah Azwar Anas discussed digital transformation in the electronic-based government system (SPBE) during a meeting with Australian Deputy Ambassador to Indonesia Stephen Scott here on Tuesday.

"We are very pleased with Mr Scott's visit to this office. We conveyed that Indonesia is developing a very strategic aspect, namely SPBE. This digital transformation will become the basis for streamlining various public services," Anas noted in a written statement received here on Wednesday.

The minister expressed hope that the meeting, held at the office of the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry, would share digital transformation practices applied by Australia.

Moreover, Australia already has an integrated public service portal named MyGov.

"We see how Australia, with its govtech called MyGov, could help facilitate the community," he noted.

Anas further highlighted that such practices are currently being applied by his ministry along with state-owned banknote printing firm Perum Peruri to make it easier for people to access public services.

Meanwhile, Scott affirmed that Australia is open to collaborating on digitalization.

He acknowledged that digital transformation in his country, through the MyGov portal, did not always run smoothly. He admitted to the presence of challenges, in the form of sectoral ego, among others, that should be resolved.

The deputy ambassador expressed gratitude for Minister Anas' invitation to the meeting.

He also commended the digital transformation conducted in Indonesia. He believed that digitalization is significant for the public, and the efforts made by Indonesia through SPBE are already on the right track.

At Tuesday's meeting, Scott was accompanied by other officials from the Australian Embassy to Indonesia, namely First Secretary of Economic Governance Daniel Schuurman and Program Manager of Economic Governance Nindy Silvie.

Meanwhile, Anas was accompanied by several officials from his ministry, including Secretary of the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, Rini Widyantini, and Deputy for Institutions and Governance Nanik Murwati.

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Editor: Sri Haryati
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