Equitable digital literacy can boost productivity and innovation in various industries, especially the digital economy. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, developing human resources capable of using the Internet to promote productivity and innovation, especially in the digital economy sector, is essential. In addition, he drew attention to a study that found that Indonesia’s digital economy grew by 11% between 2019 and 2020. By 2024, that figure is expected to reach $ 124 billion.
“The Ministry of Communication and Informatics estimates that thanks to digital literacy, the number of MSMEs integrated into the digital ecosystem will continue to increase, from the current figure of 12 million MSMEs,” said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. So far, on another occasion, he has explained three key areas the government is focusing on to respond to rapid developments in the digital economy today and in the years to come.
Digital literacy plays an important role in creating human resources able to use the internet to foster productivity and innovation, especially in the digital economy sector.
– Ministry of Communication and Information
Initially, the digital economy sector has huge potential to become Indonesia’s main economic driver during the pandemic. According to data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS), the information and communication sector, which is directly linked to the digital economy, grew by around 10.58% year on year.
In addition, the digital economy is expected to be worth 1.7 trillion rupees by 2025. The Internet, artificial intelligence (AI) and e-commerce platforms are the three active components of the digital economy. About 81% of Indonesian MSMEs are unfamiliar with the digital space to optimize business opportunities.
OpenGov in an article reported that over the next four years, Indonesia is expected to dominate Asia-Pacific in IT spending, supported by a strong shift towards cloud-related services as the Covid-19 pandemic encourages local businesses to digitize their operations. According to a report by a business consultancy and technology firm, the country’s IT spending is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13% over the next several years, bringing the sector’s value to $ 6 billion by 2024.
The Covid-19 pandemic has increased demand for cloud services in Indonesia as mobility constraints have forced businesses to respond to a remote workforce and to meet increased online demand. “Indonesia is the fastest growing IT market in Asia Pacific, Japan and China,” said the president of a technology company.
The ability of MSMEs to go digital can help them be more resilient in the face of a pandemic. This is supported by a 35% increase in merchandise shipments related to online sales in 2021.
This year, the Ministry of Communications and Informatics said it aims to reach 12.5 million participants in basic digital skills development through the National Movement for Digital Literacy in Cyber Skills ( GNLD Siberkreasi), 100,000 participants in the acquisition of intermediate-level digital skills. through the Digital Talent Scholarship (DTS) and 300 participants in the transmission of advanced digital skills through the Digital Talent Scholarship (DTS) (DLA).
The National Movement for Digital Literacy aims to recognize the dynamics of the digital age, which is essential for the public to understand the correct and optimal use of the digital age.
Collaboration between the Ministry of Communication and Information, local governments, the National Cyber Creative Literacy Movement and 110 community institutions and organizations has resulted in up to 20,000 activities promoting the four pillars of the curriculum. and the digital literacy module.
By 2024, GNLD Siberkreasi is expected to cover 50 million participants, 700,000 participants for DTS and 1,200 participants for DLA. “This program becomes a stimulus that aligns with the president’s direction on preparations for the need for nine million digital human resources over the next 15 years to support digital transformation in Indonesia,” he said. note.