Minister Johnny: DEWG Bridges Discussions and Shares Experiences of G20 Member Countries

Jakarta, 15 March 2022 – The 2022 Indonesia’s G20 Presidency is momentum for the G20 Member States to discuss digital transformation in a more inclusive world. Communications and Informatics Minister Johnny Gerard Plate stated in the Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG) Forum that the Government of the Republic of Indonesia will bridge discussions and share experiences between G20 member countries.

“Through DEWG G20, Indonesia can become a bridge for emerging nation countries and share experiences, share lessons learned in their respective countries. So there is a common understanding as a standard that will become a model or potential standard that we use together at the global level,” he explained in the DEWG G20 2022 Kickoff Meeting Discussion Session at the Grand Hyatt, Central Jakarta, Tuesday, March 15.

According to Minister Johnny, the G20 Presidency DEWG forum is an opportunity for Indonesia to leave a legacy through agreements at the G20 negotiating table from Indonesia to the world.

“From the three priority issues of the G20 Indonesia, Communications and Informatics Ministry [MCI] translates them into three priority issues of the DEWG. Because today is the kickoff meeting, of course, we have to give a comprehensive picture of what the three issues are in detail,” Minister Johnny said.

The first priority issue in DEWG is Connectivity and Post Covid-19 Recovery. According to Minister Johnny, the issue will be discussed significantly related to digital connectivity to support the economic development of post-Covid-19 recovery.

“In the Chair of the Communications and Informatics at the DEWG, there are several concrete hopes, one of which is the elevation of the G20 Innovation League to the G20 Digital Innovation Network as a forum that builds and facilitates cooperation between the government and business actors. Such as private digital innovation, startups, venture capital, or other corporate activities with a global scope,” he explained.

The second priority issue relates to Digital Skills and Digital Literacy. Communications and Informatics Minister encourages the development of digital skills and digital literacy activities to increase community readiness in digital economic activities on a global scale.

“We both know that upstream ICT infrastructure is an enabler and must be utilized in the digital space. President Joko Widodo called it downstream or utilization in the downstream sector in all fields, including the digital economy. Therefore, one of the priorities for this issue is in the form of the G20 Toolkit for Measuring Digital Skills and Digital Literacy, which will discuss tools to measure the level of digital literacy and skills in the G20 Member States,” he said.

According to Minister Johnny, the third priority issue in the DEWG is Cross Border Data Flow and Data Free Flow with Trust. One of them discusses electricity consumption from the upstream side.

“Power consumption for per capita data in Indonesia is currently one watt per capita. If we compare it with Singapore, which is 100 watts per capita, Japan is almost the same as us with 10 watts per capita. One watt per capita data consumption in Indonesia is equivalent to 270 to 300 megawatts. If the standards are the same as Japan, we need at least nine to ten times the electricity investment,” he explained.

Communications and Informatics Minister stated that this would be a huge investment opportunity in the upstream side of infrastructure and the downstream of utilization, namely data as the strength of the national economy.

“In DEWG G20, we share our experience and the knowledge agreement with other G20 member countries on how to regulate digital transformation in the world. Not only with the G20, but the entire world community including North Africa so that it is more inclusive,” he said

The event was attended by Coordinating Maritime and Investment Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan. The participants who presented online were Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto; Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi; International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary-General Houlin Zhao; and United Nations Economic and Social Commissions for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Deputy Secretary-General Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana.

Other participants were United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary-General Rebeca Grynspan; Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG) 2022 chair and alternate chair; and MCI’s principal officers.

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