Indonesia looks to train more tech literate workers

November 19, 2022

Indonesia would need 17 million workers who are able to use and manage technology, said State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir.

The country needs the younger generation to develop a knowledge-based economy so that many innovations that Indonesia needs to compete with other countries will be created, Thohir said.

SOEs will continue to encourage the younger generation to hone their creative talents, as Indonesia’s digital economy will grow to Rp4,500 trillion (US$288 million) by 2030, contributing 30% to Southeast Asia’s economy, he said.

“You have to prepare yourself because 2030 is eight years away. The younger generation must develop innovation because it will be a strength in the future to compete,” he added.

The minister urged university students to continue developing their potential in the digital sector so that Indonesia’s digital ecosystem will keep thriving.

“If you are still playing foreign-made games now, then there must be local games that attract the interest of our own people. Do not let our people be taken advantage of by others. Let’s be local creators, as well as lovers of local products so that the ecosystem grows,” he said.

SOEs are committed to supporting the development of the digital ecosystem, he emphasised, and specific duties are given to state-run telecommunications company Telkom and cellular operator and wireless network provider Telkomsel so that they do not overlap, reported Antara.

This article was first published on HRM Asia

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