MCI Aims at Stronger Post Pandemic Recovery by Addressing Digital Issues in G20 DEWG

Jakarta, 08 March 2022 – In the last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has made digital technology to become the pillar of life and the creator of innovative solutions for Indonesian and global societies. The Communications and Informatics Ministry’s secretary-general Mira Tayyiba stated Indonesia’s G20 Presidency aims at a stronger recovery by addressing digital issues in Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG).

“We steer Indonesia’s digital transformation to be inclusive, empowering, and sustainable. The three priority issues are Connectivity and Post COVID-19 Recovery; Digital Skills and Digital Literacy; and Cross-Border Data Flow and Data Free Flow with Trust,” she said at the press conference of the 1st Internal Workshop DEWG G20 carrying the theme “Achieving a Resilient Recovery: Working Together for a More Inclusive, Empowering, and Sustainable Digital Transformation” which was organized in hybrid at Pullman Hotel, Central Jakarta, Tuesday, March 8.

She said Indonesia should be proud because, during the pandemic, the country’s digital economy valuation reached US$70 billion in 2021 according to Gross Merchandise Value (GMV). In fact, the figure is predicted to increase up to US$146 billion by 2025.

“In addition, there are five start-ups that succeed to achieve unicorn status in 2021. Other sectors, for instance, edutech and healthtech, are also experiencing a rapid development in the midst of the pandemic,” said Mira Tayyiba who is also the G20 DEWG Co-chair.

However, according to her, the potential of digital technology will not be exploited optimally if the people who have access cannot use it productively.

“Therefore, our main theme is to achieve a digital transformation that is inclusive, empowering, and sustainable. It means we should consider other aspects besides spatial, particularly, people who have access or not. Inclusivity refers to all groups in society, including vulnerable groups like children,” she explained.

She underlined there are still many challenges behind the success of the provision of access to technology, among others, the digital divide risk; the low ability to understand and use digital technology; and the security of data and its cross-border flow that becomes massive.

Therefore, she hoped the workshop discussed the aspirations around digital transformation in Indonesia to be more inclusive, empowering, and sustainable. 

“G20 DEWG is a working group on the digital economy led by MCI. MCI through DEWG initiated a melting pot between the working group, engagement group, national knowledge partner, and national strategic stakeholders. The digital matter is a cross-cutting issue and DEWG also raises digital topics being discussed by various working groups and engagement groups,” she said.

Through DEWG, MCI invited stakeholders to discuss and consolidate digital issues. Mira Tayyiba stated a consolidation is necessary to reach a common understanding and address challenges in the digital sector to realize a stronger recovery. 

“This workshop serves as a realization of DEWG’s role as the leading stakeholder in digital-based transformation in Indonesia’s G20 Presidency. “Through the digital issues consolidation strategy, the digital technology will be able to be the source of the spirit of Indonesia and the world to recover together and to recover stronger,” she concluded

The workshop was attended by the special staff to the Minister of Communications and Informatics on digitalization and human resources as well as DEWG co-chair, Dedy Permadi; Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs’ international economic cooperation deputy as well as Indonesia’s G20 co-sherpa, Edi Prio Pambudi; and special staff to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on priority programs as well as Indonesia’s G20 co-sherpa, Dian Triansyah Djani. Other participants were Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs’ coordinating digital economy, manpower, and MSMEs affairs deputy, Mohammad Rudy Salahuddin; national knowledge partner representatives; and MCI’s principal and senior officials.

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