Eye on trade, Indonesia will strengthen digital technology in 2023

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia will enhance the use of digital technology in 2023 to strengthen the domestic trade ecosystem, said Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti, deputy for economy at the Ministry of National Development Planning (PPN) and at the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas).

“The use of digital technology is (intended) to improve economic productivity, especially to strengthen national logistics and the use of digital technology, strengthen trade competition and improve consumer protection,” he said. she noted.

At the CSIS Global Dialogue 2022, held online on Thursday, she said the use of digital technology should also correct Indonesia’s economic productivity, which has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rapid development of digital technology during the pandemic has been seen to provide many benefits, although it has also resulted in the disappearance of several types of jobs.

The nation should use digital technology and adopt a digital logistics system to ensure a smoother flow of goods, Widyasanti said.

International trade policies will be more open and geared towards increasing exports of high value-added goods and services to support economic productivity.

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

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“When we can really benefit from using technology for import and export, I think that’s when we strengthen the global economy,” she remarked.

Earlier, National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa said a digital roadmap has been created by the ministry to drive economic transformation in line with the government’s 2023 work plan.

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

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