Indonesia Presents its National Digital Vision and Strategy at the 2017 WSIS Forum

Director General for Informatics Applications, Ministry of Communication and Informatics is presenting Indonesian national digital vision and strategy at WSIS 2017 Forum, Geneva (14/6).


Geneva, Switzerland: Indonesia was one of the speakers at high-level discussion panel of 2017 World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum meeting held at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland (12-16/6). Director General for Informatics Applications, Ministry of Communication and Informatics, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, as Chairman of the Indonesian Delegation at WSIS Forum 2017 explained various developments and policies of Indonesia concerning digital transformation in the era of digital economy on the panel themed "ICT Applications and Services, Digital, Economy and Trade, Climate Change".

The current development of internet users penetration in Indonesia which reaches 52% has made Indonesia as the world's 5th largest internet user. Indonesia's unique geographical conditions also encourages the importance of improving the technology, information and communication infrastructure (ICT) so that the Internet facilitation can spread out and reach all islands in Indonesia. To overcome this, Indonesia has a construction program of fiber optic Palapa Ring in the 3T area (deepest, outermost, and leading) which is expected to connect-up 540 districts/ cities by 2020.

Related to digital economics, Indonesia also has priority policies such as e-Commerce Map publishing. There are also programs such as 1000 startup digital, 8 Million Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Go Online, and 1 Million Fishermen and Farmers Go Online, which are expected to be achieved by 2020. While to support the availability of inclusive digital financial services, Indonesia introduced the concept of best practice program Laku Pandai, A branchless banking program that provides banking and financial services for people in remote areas supported by the use of information technology facilities.

Through these policies and programs, Indonesia targets the realisation of Indonesia's economic  vision as the largest Digital Economy Country in Southeast Asia with a transaction value of 130 million US dollars by 2020.

The WSIS Forum is an initiative born from  the mandate of the UN General Assembly. The results of this WSIS meeting are officially recorded and made as reference material on ICT  progress report from related ITU member countries. The 2017 WSIS Forum meeting was attended by ICT stakeholders from 150 countries and discussed the major themes of ICT's contribution towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Indonesian delegation at the meeting consisted of the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the UN, WTO and other International Organizations in Geneva (PTRI Geneva), and the four winners of the WSIS Prize 2017 award from Indonesia.

According to Elvie Indayani, Second Secretary at PTRI Geneva dealing with ICT-related issues, the annual event of WSIS Forum is a good opportunity for Indonesia to introduce various advances in the handling of ICT ecosystems in Indonesia to support national development. Furthermore, in discussions of ICT forums in Geneva, Indonesia and Brazil have often been called state prototypes that are successful in advancing their ICT interests, specifically in the development of internet governance. (PTRI Geneva)