Opening the Third DEWG Meeting, Communications and Informatics Minister: Tabe Mai Ce’e Labuan Bajo

July 20, 2022 – Communications and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate welcomed the delegation of G20 member countries at the Third Meeting of the Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG) of the Indonesian G20 Presidency.

Minister Johnny stated that the Government of the Republic of Indonesia would facilitate further discussions from the previous two meetings productively.

“Welcome to Labuan Bajo, or local people say ‘Tabe Mai Ce’e” Labuan Bajo’ Labuan Bajo. This place is in the west of my hometown, and it reminds me of my childhood on this island,” he said in his opening remarks for the 3rd DEWG Meeting at the Meruorah Hotel, West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, Wednesday, July 20.

Minister Johnny expressed the Indonesian Government’s appreciation for delegations from 17 countries who present at Labuan Bajo and delegates from 3 countries virtually.

“It is an honor for me to be able to welcome all of you today to the 3rd Digital Economy Working Group,” he said.

According to him, the G20 Presidency is an honor for the Indonesian people. Through this role, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia facilitates and encourages the progress of discussions between public and private stakeholders on various issues of global digital transformation.

“The Digital Economy Working Group meeting has been very productive so far. I appreciate all the efforts of the delegates who were here today and those who joined virtually,” he explained.

In addition to the delegations of 20 G20 member countries, the Netherlands, Spain, and Singapore also attended the 3rd meeting as invitees. Furthermore, National Knowledge Partners include Padjadjaran University, University of Indonesia, and Gadjah Mada University; and Global Knowledge Partners: the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Economic and Social Commissions for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

In the opening, Minister Johnny was accompanied by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Communication and Information and Chair of the DEWG G20 Presidency of Indonesia Mira Tayyiba, Special Staff of the Minister of Communication and Information for Digital Policy, and HR Development and Alternate Chair of the Digital Economy Working Group Dedy Permadi.

Ranks of officials were also present: Inspector General Doddy Setiadi, Director General of Information and Public Communication Usman Kansong, Head of the Human Resources Research and Development Agency Hary Budiarto, and Expert Staff of the Minister of Communication and Information for Communication and Mass Media Widodo Muktiyo.

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