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Indonesia gov & Facebook cooperation to boost internet access

Monday, 28 November 2016


THE Indonesian government and social media giant Facebook are seeking cooperation to boost Internet access for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), vice president Jusuf Kalla said after a meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the sidelines of an APEC summit in Lima.

Better Internet access could help thousands of Indonesian SMEs in remote regions of the country that so far have not been able to promote their products domestically and internationally.

Zuckerberg had offered Indonesia to use Facebooks Aquila drone, a solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle, to beam the Internet to remote parts of Indonesia. He added that the government welcomed the plan and had assigned the Industry Ministry to work on the details.

Better connectivity could help SMEs in the regions grow their business. An online system provides information about the market and products. This system could unite markets and protect the quality of products being sold in the market.

Facebook’s offer to Indonesia is part of the company’s effort to help small businesses tap the potential economic benefits from around 4.2 billion people around the world who have yet to get access to the Internet.

Zuckerberg, in his speech, cited Indonesia as an example where regions could be connected through the Internet to produce economic benefits.

Under President Joko Jokowi Widodo’s administration, Indonesia’s vision for the digital economy foresees local companies valued at a total of US$130bil (RM577.52bil) and the birth of 1,000 so-called technopreneurs by 2020.

Widodo has issued a number of policies to implement its e-commerce road map, including economic stimulus packages and greater access to financial support for SMEs and IT-based companies.

The Indonesian government had given financial support to SMEs across the country, which would be supplemented by an agreement by APEC members to help each other in conducting training to support SMEs.

The first day of the two-day APEC summit, Kalla joined the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) along with 21 leaders of APEC member countries, including outgoing US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to discuss a theme titled Growing Global MSMEs and Promoting Sustainable Development.

Source by: Internet

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