AmCham Indonesia, in collaboration with IBM Asia Pacific, hosted a breakfast forum “Government Digital Transformation in the Age of Hybrid and Artificial Intelligence” on June 21, at the Borobudur Hotel, Jakarta. The forum gathered around 50 people, mostly government officials, to discuss ways to enhance digital government transformation to deliver better services to the people.
A Lin Neumann, AmCham’s Managing Director, and Cin Cin Go, President Director and Technology Leader of IBM Indonesia, gave welcoming remarks to open the event. Dedy Permadi, Minister’s Special Advisor for Digital Policy and Human Resources Development and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, then outlined the Ministry’s four pillars for advancing digital transformation: digital infrastructure, digital government, digital economy, and digital society. He also emphasized the need for digital talent development to support the realization of Indonesia’s digital potential.
Vice President and General Manager of IBM Asia Pacific, Paul Burton, emphasized the importance of digital transformation as a fundamental competitive advantage. He said Indonesia is a digital transformation powerhouse, and this dynamic environment is where IBM can really add value, in both the commercial and government sectors. He said hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence are two transformative technologies going forward, and the government should be able to harness the technologies through collaboration and partnerships.
Christopher Fechner, Chief Executive Officer at Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) of the Australian government, speaking online, spoke about his government’s efforts in digital transformation, emphasizing that digital transformation relies on all channels, and with innovative partnerships, new ideas and models of digitization in government offices can become reality.
Closing remarks were made by AmCham Indonesia’s Vice Chair of the Board of Governors, Douglas Ramage. He said that as a representative of the American business community, AmCham is keen to support the government’s digital transformation efforts. He appreciated the government’s passing of the Omnibus Job Creation Law, as one of Indonesia’s most important reform agendas, and supports Indonesia’s G20 presidency this year.
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