July 20, 2022 – Minister of Communications and Informatics Johnny G. Plate opened the Third Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG) Meeting of Indonesia’s G20 Presidency. This meeting discussed the development of a global digital ecosystem framework.
“For this meeting, we have set a series of discussions on the second priority issue of DEWG, namely Digital Skills and Digital Literacy as well as the third priority issue, Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT) and Cross-Border Data Flow (CBDF). Both issues are vitally important to be discussed for the development of a global digital ecosystem framework,” he told the press conference which was held in a hybrid format from Labuan Bajo of West Manggarai in East Nusa Tenggara province, Wednesday (June 20).
Communications and Informatics Minister Johnny stated that the DEWG Forum will discuss the responsibilities of stakeholders in terms of Digital Skills and Literacy.
“This serves as a reminder that development of digital literacy and skill is a global responsibility of all relevant stakeholders including the government, industry players, and non-governmental entities,” he said.
According to him, with the more massive use of digital technology, a collaboration is required to ensure that everyone can have access.
“Prepare talents and ecosystem through the development of digital literacy and skills, to bring about a global inclusive digital transformation,” he said.
Citing the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) data, Johnny stated that by 2022, one out of three people in the world chooses not to be connected to the internet.
“Because of lacking in strong self-confidence and zero understanding on how to use the internet properly,” he explained.
In this regards, the Minister expected the third DEWG meeting to discuss three deliverables which include:
i) Recommendations and Policies to Increase Involvement of Vulnerable Group in the Digital Economy;
ii) G20 Toolkit on Digital Skills and Digital Literacy and workshops; and iii) Summary of Practices and Policies on Advanced Digital Skills and Digital Literacy.
“We hope this meeting will facilitate exchange of views from G20 DEWG delegates in the discussion on these deliverables,” he said
Furthermore, Minister of Communications and Informatics emphasized that all of these deliverables are very relevant in realizing a global digital economy ecosystem and an increasingly inclusive world economy.
“This is in line with the efforts in meeting the increasing demand of digital skills and literacy in cross-border data exchange,” he said.
The third DEWG Meeting is a continuation of the previous DEWG meeting which discussed the role of Connectivity in Post-COVID-19 Recovery as DEWG’s First Priority issue. Through the discussions, the delegation of G20 member countries expressed their aspiration to optimize digital connectivity as one of the main instruments for the recovery of the post-pandemic world.