Indonesia and China Look Forward To Strengthening Digital Cooperation
With Indonesia and China digital cooperation strengthened, the Indonesian government encouraged both nations to collaborate in a comprehensive future of innovative city development. The areas concerned are research, technological advancements, and enhancing digital human resource competence and skills.
The bilateral meeting between Communication and Informatics Minister Budi Arie Setiadi and Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Secretary of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), He Junke, in Jakarta on Wednesday materialised the matter.
The minister said that the event will hopefully strengthen cooperation in various sectors within the digital landscape of Indonesia. The two countries have built diverse collaborations over the years, and opportunities exist between Indonesia and China. He further stated that the latest cooperation is aimed at facing challenges in using new digital technology, which to date has recorded continued development.
Collaboration Expected to Boost the Digital Economy
As Indonesia’s closest and most important trade partner, China’s investment in Indonesia is relatively substantial. In 2022 alone, China invested up to US$82 billion, and the total trade value between both nations is US$133 billion.
It is hoped that closer ties between China and Indonesia will result in more excellent benefits from this expanding sector, especially with this new partnership to boost the digital industry.
Among the specific areas, the minister encouraged the two countries to cooperate in artificial intelligence (AI) applications, digital finance, digital health, digital government, and innovative city development technology.
He further commented that he gives his integral support to business players, academicians, and the community to collaborate towards building 100 smart cities in Indonesia. The Indonesian government is open to positive potential and cooperative ideas moving forward.
Representatives from the China Institute of Communications, ZTE Indonesia, the Indonesian Telematics Society, and Telkom University also attended the bilateral meeting on Wednesday.
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