Industry 4.0 Our Tool in Achieving the Agenda 2030 and SDGs

Bali, 8 November 2018 – Director General of Multilateral Cooperation, Febrian A. Ruddyard shared his view on “Industry 4.0 – Challenges, Opportunities, Drivers and Outlook" as one of the speakers in #RCID's main event together with Dr. Ngakan Timur Antara (Ministry of Industry) and Jouke Verlinden (TUDelft Netherlands)

DG Ruddyard explained the stages of industrial revolution, since the era of Industry 1.0 which was marked by the use of water and steam power to mechanize production. Until today's Industry 4.0 which emphasize digital inter-connectivity. Industry 4.0 is driven by a smart, inter-connected, and pervasive environment.

The arrival of the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0 is a new period of deep and transformative change. The transformation is evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace. The world needs to response Industry 4.0 in an integrated and comprehensive approach, involving all stakeholders, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.

There are numbers of key opportunities for Industry 4.0, First, it is likely to increase wealth by reducing barriers between inventors and markets due to new technologies such as 3D printing for prototyping. Second, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is a powerful force for economic inclusion. Third, Industry 4.0 empowers SMEs. SMEs are the backbone economy of some countries in Asia Pacific, providing a significant percentage of employment and an important source of innovation. Fourth, Industry 4.0 increases efficiency and productivity. Fifth, the 4th Industrial Revolution improves connectivity. It offers new possibilities for developing distributed structures for services that can overcome geographical limitations.

DG Ruddyard reminds the audience that it is critical for the government to think creatively about how they can upgrade the process of crafting policy, setting standards and writing regulation at a regional scale. Governments should be more inclusive and nurture collaboration between stakeholders.

Another sub-theme that triggered many discussions in this session was the relations between Industry 4.0 and SDGs. As Vice Minister mentioned in the opening remarks, the multidimensional nature of the Industry 4.0 provides direct links to the achievement of SDGs.

Responding to this, DG Ruddyard reiterated that digitalization and technology as essential elements of Industry 4.0 will highly contribute to the attainment of different elements in the SDGs, among others, like Health, Education, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Overall, the opportunities from the Fourth Industrial Revolution should be our tool in achieving the Agenda 2030 and SDGs. It could be optimized to finding new ways of dealing with major global challenges of today's world.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs