The Minister of Communication and Information: Show Optimism Facing Digitalization!

Surabaya, Kominfo - Minister of Communication and Information Rudiantara believes that press people must continue to show optimism in the face of digitalization. "We are worried that we may but should continue to show. I am not worried about the changes that occur now, with digitalization," explained Rudiantara at the opening of the Mass Media National Convention in the 2019 National Press Day Commemoration at Sheraton Hotel, Surabaya, East Java, Friday (08 / 02/2019).

Minister Rudiantara had touched on the theme taken in the Discussion of the Mass Media Convention. "If we look at the title of Mass Media in the Midst of Winner Takes All Market . I am rather surprised, Indonesian press journalists in Indonesia, Indonesian press owners always think positively. This is what Rada-rada is worried about ... We are exhausted with this digitalization," he said.

According to the Minister of Communication and Information, in discussions relating to the media industry or news, he always separates content from the media. "I separate between content and medium. Content depends on the ability of human resources, the key is the professionalism of journalists in Indonesia," he said, agreeing to the description of Press Council Chair Yoseph Stanley Adi Prasetyo about journalist professionalism.

Regarding digitalization, the Minister of Communication and Information assesses the change as an unavoidable event. Nevertheless, digitalization still requires readiness of human resources.

"Changes from print media to electronic media, up to now the changes to online media now to social media cannot be avoided. Whatever the platform returns to content, back to HR," said Rudiantara.

Take advantage of Developing the Economy

The Minister of Communication and Information encourages journalists and media owners to take advantage of the ongoing digitalization to develop the Indonesian economy. "There are associations, PWI, AJI, IJTI, there are also SPS. How is digital used to grow the economy? How to encourage growth of entrepreneurs or SMEs in Indonesia," he said.

Rudiantara explained how the digital economy will take place in Indonesia. According to him, everyone can use the GoJek platform to sell.

"Those who are good at cooking don't need to invest in space. Enough from the kitchen, they can directly sell to consumers. GoJek opens employment opportunities. GoJek also does not have a motorbike, with economic sharing that has partners," he explained.

One more about technology financial, Minister of Communication and Information said that it would be able to encourage financial inclusion. "With existing fintech, we have not yet entered what we expect. Because fintech is still targeting the existing market. Communities that have not been touched by banking services are not yet affordable," he said.

According to Rudiantara, the digital economy will create new jobs (workforce digitalization), use an economic sharing approach (shared economy) and develop financial inclusion.

"In the G20 meeting at the last summit in Argentina, from 32 points of declaration. One declaration from Indonesia was how to use digital economy. Especially to reduce the gap in the world between the have and the have not. All countries in the world have gini ratio problems," he explained.

Before giving a speech, Minister of Communication and Information Rudiantara had shown the best place for reporters to get the best photos. "I see the reporter on this side, it should be here (pointing to the other side) to get good photos," he said.

Discussion of the Mass Media Convention was attended by around 750 journalists from all over Indonesia. Also present were PWI Chair Atal Depari and Chairperson of the Press Council Yosep Stanley Adi Prasetyo. Also present were Former Minister of Communication and Information Muhammad Nuh, Former Chairman of PWI Margiono, Former Chairperson of Press Council Bagir Manan, media entrepreneur Chairul Tanjung and Managing Director of Metero TV Tommy Suryopratomo.

Also present were Ambassadors from 25 friendly countries, including: United States, Russia, Austria, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Morocco, Lebanon, Taiwan, Serbia, Bosnia, Herzgovina, Egypt, Japan, Slovakia, Thailand, Netherlands, Iran, Australia, Pakistan , Singapore, Czech, Bulgaria, Greece, and Seycheles.

Source: Ministry of Communication and Information

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