Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia invited other ASEAN member countries to increase collaboration in closing the digital divide during the 29th ASEAN Telecommunications Regulators' Council (ATRC) Meeting in Bali on Wednesday.

The invitation was extended by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo), Mira Tayyiba, who chaired the meeting.

She stated that ASEAN needs to address the digital divide by focusing on enhancing cooperation in developing regulatory frameworks and initiatives aimed at providing affordable and widespread broadband access.

"(And) by encouraging investment in the distribution of digital infrastructure to underserved areas and offering incentives for private sector participation," she added.

According to her, through such efforts, ASEAN member countries can ensure that the benefits of the digital revolution reach all levels of society, empower marginalized communities, and promote inclusive growth.

The development of information and communication technology (ICT) regulations in ASEAN holds the key to unlocking regional potential in the digital era, Tayyiba said.

She called for collaboration by harmonizing regulatory approaches, encouraging cross-border cooperation, and sharing best practices.

"Let's harness the power of collaboration. With a shared vision of progress, the colorful and rich diversity among ASEAN countries can be a strength," she said.

Furthermore, she added that the ASEAN Digital Masterplan 2025 initiative and the ATRC Meeting have reflected the spirit of collaboration and created a platform for dialogue in ASEAN.

She expressed hope that by increasing spaces for discussion, ASEAN can optimize digital transformation at the regional level.

"We can leverage our collective intelligence to navigate complex digital regulations. Amidst unprecedented technological opportunities, it's important to remember that the foundation we lay today will determine the direction of ASEAN's digital progress in the future," she said.

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