Jakarta (ANTARA) - Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita has highlighted that the use of digital technology can increase the competitiveness and productivity of the manufacturing industry.

He noted that the implementation of technology in industries can have positive impacts in the fields of finance, operations, and technology innovation.

"Transforming through Industry 4.0 principles is believed to significantly enhance productivity, competitiveness, efficiency, value-added contribution, and the sustainability of our national industry," Kartasasmita said in a statement from his ministry on Wednesday.

He noted that to realize the goal, the government issued the Making Indonesia 4.0 road map in 2018 to expedite digital transformation in the country’s manufacturing sector.

The road map aims to make Indonesia one of the 10 strongest economies in the world by 2030.

Kartasasmita said that the most important thing in the technology transformation in industries is the utilization of digital devices and the ability to adopt technology.

Since 2019, the Industry Ministry has been carrying out the National Lighthouse Industry 4.0 program, under which several manufacturing companies have served as role models for other companies in carrying out transformation and implementing Industry 4.0.

Earlier on Tuesday, Kartasasmita said that the contribution of Indonesia's manufacturing sector was above the global average.

Quoting UNStats data, he said that the value of Indonesia's manufacturing value added (MVA) in 2021 stood at US$228 billion. Indonesia's MVA ranking in the same year was above that of several countries, such as Canada, Turkey, Ireland, Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and Poland.

"Contributing to 1.46 percent of the total global MVA in 2021, Indonesia firmly establishes itself as a major manufacturing player globally," he remarked.

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