Indonesian economy development is one of the fastest countries in Asia. This is also similar with technology development that emerges as the people’s needs. The combination between the two has a remarkable impact on trade and investment. During a press conference on the sidelines of Indonesia-Australia Digital Forum 2018 in Jakarta on Thursday (February 1st 2018), Chairman of Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board, Thomas Lembong stated that today,Indonesian people have gone through shifting of need from offline to online. That’s why,digital technology is needed.
“…I think digital economy is tremendously helpfull in moving small and medium enterprise and individual entreperneur from the informal sector to the formal sector. Think about grab, gojek, uber hundreds of thousand of drivers were already tukang ojek (motorcycle taxi) before this digital platform come along. But they were not organized, not in frame right not in an formal sector. Once they join the digital platform like grab or gojek or uber they become part of the formal sector. They receive some training. We now have data on those drivers. Digital platform is also collecting taxes on behalf of the government so the digital economy will have a big impact in moving from informal sector to formal sector,” Thomas Lembong said.
Thomas Lembong added that Indonesian people shift their needs in goods. This can be seen from the way they shop where they prefer to use online transaction. This is one of the impacts of digital technology for trade and investment development in Indonesia.//// (VOI/NK/AHM)