Indonesian Minister of Communication and Informatics Johnny G. Plate at the virtual 1st ASEAN Digital Minister’s Meeting (ADGMIN) (kominfo.go.id)

Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesia is encouraging the creation of a safe and transformative digital ecosystem in support of the planned cooperation between ASEAN and Japan in the telecommunications sector, the country’s Minister of Communication and Informatics, Johnny G. Plate, has said.

The cooperation will be directed towards the development of a digital community and economic block, which will hinge on technological service and a safe and transformative digital ecosystem, he affirmed during a virtual dialogue between ASEAN Digital Ministers and Japanese Minister of Home Affairs and Communication Masayoshi Shintani.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the first ASEAN Digital Ministers’ Meeting (ADGMIN), held from January 18 to January 22.

Plate said the planned cooperation between ASEAN and Japan in information and communication technology will be in line with Indonesia‘s priority, including the development of 4G digital infrastructure across Indonesia, initial dissemination of 5G, and upholding of cyber security to support security, data reliability, and digital infrastructure.

In addition, the planned cooperation will involve use of digital technology in the health sector, including in efforts to manage COVID-19 and the vaccine program, he pointed out.

Indonesia believes that strong connectivity is a prerequisite for digital transformation to strengthen economic capacity in ASEAN, Plate remarked.

Meanwhile, the management of data, which has significant economic value, needs a framework that is jointly agreed upon, he said./.

VNA