Ministry calls for accelerating development of digital talents


The experience and expertise of industry leaders are critical to accelerating and enriching digital transformation, thus fueling economic growth for the advancement of the Indonesian nation

JAKARTA (ANTARA) — The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology emphasized the need to accelerate the development of digital talent to help Indonesia become one of the top five digital economic powerhouses in the world.

“Indonesia must accelerate the development of its digital talents so it can keep pace with change and maintain the competitiveness of its workforce in line with President Joko Widodo’s grand vision of making this nation one of the top five digital economies in the world by 2045” , the ministry’s Director-General for Higher Education, Research and Technology Nizam noted in an official statement on Thursday.

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Nizam emphasized that the world is currently undergoing a massive shift towards a more digital reality in various sectors. Therefore, the ecosystem needs support from global ICT leaders.

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“The experience and expertise of industry leaders are critical to accelerating and enriching digital transformation, thereby fueling economic growth for the advancement of the Indonesian nation,” noted Nizam.

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Deputy Digital Economy and Creative Products of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Muhammad Neil El Himam, stated that the development of digital talent is also a prerequisite for supporting the development of start-ups in all ASEAN countries, including Indonesia .

“In Indonesia, the number of registered startups has reached around 2,300 companies in 2022. The potential contribution to the national digital economy is very large. This is inseparable from the enormous potential of the Indonesian internet economy,” he explained.

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Indonesia has a population of 277.7 million and 370.1 million active mobile phone users. The country’s internet penetration rate is also high, reaching up to 77 percent.

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He noted that the figure matches data showing that the number of Indonesian internet users had reached 204.7 million and 191.4 million active social media users.

The potential has led Indonesia’s internet economy to be valued at US$70 billion in 2021 and projected to reach US$146 billion in 2025.

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