The government has a holistic policy of promoting technological innovation

… as well as public-private partnerships to support massive and accelerated infrastructure development ..

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Secretary-General of the Ministry of Communication and Information Mira Tayyiba said the government had implemented holistic policies to encourage technological innovation and reduce the digital divide.

“We need to be aware of the challenges that can arise from the digital paradox. Especially in some parts of the world where the digital divide still exists. Without a holistic approach and conscious effort, great digital innovations can be worse than the gaps and inequalities that exist in society, ”Mira said in a press release on Friday.

This was conveyed by Mira at the Sixth World Telecommunication ICT Policy Forum, which took place virtually from Jakarta on Thursday (December 16).

Mira said new technology has offered many opportunities to improve people’s lives and add economic value. However, he stressed that technological disruption also produces “winners” and “losers”.

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Recognizing these challenges, he said, the government believes that digital transformation must be inclusive and empowering to continue realizing the 2030 Agenda, which aims to achieve sustainable development without leaving anyone behind.

“Due to problems related to a lack of access to connectivity, affordable Internet services or digital capabilities, according to the report by the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) general secretary,” said Mira.

He said the government has implemented guidelines to encourage digital innovation. One of them is to facilitate the arrangement of the radio frequency spectrum and share the telecommunications infrastructure to optimize the use of resources.

“As Agriculture and Reconditioning Spectrum in support of the deployment of 5G telecommunications networks, a neutral technology policy will allow telecommunications providers to use radio frequency spectrum for the application of 3G, 4G or 5G technology and to switch off analog broadcasts from terrestrial television systems in November 2022, “he said.

In terms of funding, the government recognizes the active and cooperative role of all parties involved. Therefore, the Department is using a mixed funding approach through the Universal Service Obligation (USO).

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“In this regard, Indonesia is considered to be Mixed financing through USO and public-private partnerships to support massive and accelerated infrastructure development, including in remote areas, “he said.

At the Sixth World Telecommunication / ICT Policy Forum (WTPF-21) held virtually, the role of new and evolving digital technologies and trends currently being developed to become a vehicle for the global transition to a digital economy.

On this occasion, Mira explained the initiative of the Digital Economy Working Group in the upcoming G20 presidency of Indonesia. According to him, the government will discuss the opportunities and challenges of new technologies being brought into the digital landscape around three priority topics.

Connectivity and recovery from COVID-19, digital skills and literacy as well across borders Data flow and data Free flow with confidence, “Kata Mira.

In WTPF-21, which was attended by 193 delegations from ITU member states, Mira also announced Indonesia’s renewed candidacy in the elections for the ITU Region E, Asia and Australasia Council.

“Indonesia nominates Dr. Meidi Sutyarjoko as a member of the ITU Radio Regulatory Council. Indonesia will be honored to have valuable support from ITU member countries for our candidacy in the upcoming 2022 Plenipotentiary Conference, ”he said.

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Mira appreciates the forum that takes up the topic “Policies to Mobilize New and Emerging Telecommunications / ICT for Sustainable Development”. The WTPF-21 will discuss problems Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, Big Data, and Over-The-Tops (OTTs).

“I sincerely congratulate ITU on its success in organizing the 6th World Forum on Telecommunications ICT Policy, and I hope that all delegates can have a good discussion,” he said.

The meeting was attended by the chairman of WTPF-21 and the Minister of Communication and Digitization of Ghana Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Vice-Chair of the ITU-T Study Group 20 Fabio Bigi, Minister of Information Technology, Communication and Innovation of Mauritius Deepak Balgobin. and Minister of Transport and Telecommunications of the Kingdom of Bahrain Kamal.bin Ahmed Mohammed.

Also, Namibia’s Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Peya Mushelenga, the Deputy Minister for Political Coordination of International Affairs of the Japanese Ministry of Interior and Communication Yuji Sasaki and the Deputy Minister of Transport and Communication of the Republic of Lithuania Agne Vaiciukeviciute.

Also present were the Secretary of the Indian Telecommunications Ministry K. Rajaraman, the Deputy Telecommunications Secretary of Chile Francisco Moreno, the General Director of the Sri Lankan Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Oshada Senanayake, the General Director of the Communications Authority of Kenya Ezra Chiloba Simiyu and the Secretary General of Suruhanjaya CommunicationsM and Malaysia (SKM and Multimedia) Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek.

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Reporter: Fathur Rochman
Editor: Suryanto