Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information Technology and Singapore Discuss IT Cooperation
Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Johnny G. Plate held a bilateral meeting with his Singaporean counterpart, S. Iswaran to discuss the agenda of strengthening cooperation in the telecommunications and information technology sector. This hearing was held on the sidelines of the ASEAN Digital Ministers' Meeting (ADGMIN) which took place virtually on 21-22 January 2021. Since 2007, Indonesia and Singapore have had a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the telecommunications and informatics sector. In the past year, preliminary assessments had been carried out for updating the MoU to make it more relevant to the latest digital developments, including data protection and sovereignty. In addition to the data protection, the issue of cross-border data flow is also increasingly crucial to discuss comprehensively, considering that this data exchange can encourage the development of a more massive economic sector. As an illustration, more definite policies related to cross-border data exchange will support the expansion of companies and Indonesia to other ASEAN countries. The Memorandum of Understanding between Singapore and Indonesia will also include cooperation in developing digital talent of both countries.