The rise in digital economy for the region, but Indonesia faces deficit in digital talent
In a recent report by Google, Temasek and Bain, it is estimated that Southeast Asia’s digital economy will be at US$146 billion (IDR 2,080 trillion) by 2025. However, there are three challenges to overcome: digital talent deficit, data regulation, and infrastructure. Managing Director of Google Indonesia, Randy Jusuf, noted that the government is trying to meet the need for 600 thousand digital talents per year through scholarships from the Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo). However, he believes that the government needs to involve the private sector to overcome this challenge. In addition to digital talent, Indonesia needs to increase digital inclusion with regulations and investment in digital infrastructure.