Government pushes for digital transformation to boost efficiency (The Jakarta Post)

The government is pushing for digital transformation in a bid to boost efficiency and cut operational costs as it lags behind other countries in implementing digital regulations and services.

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the country’s digital transformation, according to Deputy Finance Minister Suahasil Nazara, who said that the government should make digital transformation its central agenda to reform the country’s governance.

“The pandemic has presented us with the opportunity to speed up digital transformation by working virtually,” Suahasil said on Wednesday. “This will make the state budget more efficient and will reduce government spending for physical meetings or business trips.”

The deputy finance minister said the government should work on several issues to embrace the digital era, including improving technological capabilities and creating new regulations to ensure sustainability and privacy.

“We need new standard operational procedures to ensure privacy and sustainability,” he went on to say. “The budget cuts due to virtual work should be able to increase effectiveness.”

Indonesia began lifting pandemic restrictions in early June to rescue the virus-battered economy after implementing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) for more than three months to curb the coronavirus spread. During the PSBB period, the government required citizens to work, study and pray from home.

However, the restrictions delivered a crushing blow to the country’s economy, which shrank by 5.32 percent in the second quarter this year, as many businesses were unprepared to conduct their businesses virtually.

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The Jakarta Post

13 August 2020

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