Detiktoday.com – President Joko Widodo said that the Covid-19 pandemic that hit Indonesia must be a momentum to accelerate digital transformation. According to him, a pandemic can change the way work, how to move, how to study, to how to transact from before outside the network (offline) or offline with physical contact to be more online or online.
“Changes like this need to be immediately anticipated, prepared, planned carefully,” said President Joko Widodo when leading a limited meeting on the topic “Digital Transformation Planning”, at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Monday, August 3, 2020.
In the IMD World Digital Competitiveness survey in 2019, Indonesia was ranked 56th out of 63 countries. According to the President, Indonesia’s position is lower compared to several neighboring countries in ASEAN, namely Thailand ranked 40th, Malaysia ranked 26th, and Singapore ranked 2nd.
“Therefore we need to pay our attention together, the first is to immediately accelerate the expansion of access and improvement of digital infrastructure. I think yesterday we had talked with the Minister of Communication and Information about this. Then the acceleration of the provision of internet services in 12,500 villages / villages and at public service points , “said the President.
Second, the President requested that a digital transformation road map or road map be prepared in strategic sectors. Some of these sectors include government, public services, social assistance, education, health, trade, industry, and broadcasting.
“Do not let the digital infrastructure that we have built actually have very low utility,” said the President.
Third, the President requested that national data center integration be accelerated. Fourth, the President wants that the needs of digital talent (HR) human resources be prepared.
According to the Head of State, to carry out digital transformation, Indonesia needs digital talents of around 9 million people for the next 15 years or approximately 600 thousand per year.
“This needs to be really a preparation. Or about 600 thousand per year, so we can build an ecosystem that is good for the growth of our digital talents,” the President said.
Finally, the President requested that his staff immediately prepare matters related to regulations, funding schemes, and digital transformation financing.