Eye on trade, Indonesia to strengthen digital technology in 2023


Indonesia will bolster digital technology utilization in 2023 to strengthen the domestic trade ecosystem, Economic Deputy at the Ministry of National Development Planning (PPN) and National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti has stated.

“Digital technology utilization is (meant) to improve economic productivity, especially to strengthen national logistics and digital technology utilization, bolster business competition, and improve consumer protection,” she noted.

During the 2022 CSIS Global Dialogue, held online on Thursday, she said that digital technology utilization is also expected to fix Indonesia’s economic productivity, which has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rapid development of digital technology during the pandemic has been deemed to provide many benefits, though it has also caused several types of jobs to disappear.

The nation must utilize digital technology and adopt a digital logistics system to ensure smoother goods flow, Widyasanti said.

International trade policies will be more open and will be directed toward increasing the export of goods and services with high added value in order to bolster economic productivity.

With this openness, cooperation between nations in implementing digital technology for trade is expected to materialize and facilitate the flow of basic necessities.

“When we can really enjoy technology utilization for import and export, I believe that is when we strengthen the global economy,” she remarked.

Earlier, National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa had said that a digital road map had been created by the ministry to drive economic transformation according to the government’s 2023 work plan.

“The National Development Planning Agency has created a digital road map for Indonesia as part of the (effort to support) economic transformation,” Monoarfa noted at the 2022 Development Planning Conference here on Thursday.


Source: Antara News