March 01, 2021 | Invest Indonesia

Digital Connectivity Must Espouse National Sovereignty: Jokowi

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) emphasized that digital connectivity should uphold national sovereignty amid globalization and hypercompetitiveness.

“Digital connectivity must uphold national sovereignty in the midst of globalization and hypercompetitiveness as it is today,” the head of state remarked at the launch of the 2021 Digital Connectivity Program and the COVID-19 National Vaccination Movement Stamps at the State Palace here on Friday.

The president emphasized that digital self-reliance and sovereignty must become a crucial principle in digital transformation in Indonesia.

Furthermore, digital transformation must aid in boosting the level of domestic components, the utilization of domestic products, and encourage the mastery of the latest digital technology by every Indonesian, he affirmed.

“I hope that the 2021 digital connectivity program would become an important momentum to connect Indonesia with new technology, mindset, and global business opportunities, as well as a new future towards an advanced Indonesia,” he affirmed.

President Jokowi had earlier stated that digital transformation should target millions of micro-, small-, and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs) since it is a gateway for them to enter the digital marketplace and become part of the national and global supply chain.

“The data I have shows an increase of 10 to 15 percent in online sales transactions. This strengthens the national campaign to buy MSME products offered in e-commerce. Moreover, eight million of the 60 million MSMEs are connected with digital markets,” the head of state noted.

Jokowi called for the need to intensify the digital transformation campaign to cover more MSMEs to join e-commerce.

To this end, the president called for more training to be imparted to MSMEs to enable them to apply digital technology.

Reporter: Rangga PAJ, Fardah
Editor: Rahmad Nasution