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A ‘Holistic’ Road Map Needed to Improve Indonesia’s ICT Competitiveness

From Jakarta Globe
March 9, 2015

Executives from global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company said on Monday, Indonesia can improve its global competitiveness ranking in the information and  communications technology sector against its regional peers should the country identify the sector as a development priority. Indonesia is the fourth-most-populous nation and its $850 billion economy ranks the 16th biggest in the world.

However, when it comes to ICT capabilities, the country ranks low, sitting at 85th out of the 148 nations reviewed in the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2014. Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore rank higher than Indonesia in the WEF’s report, sitting at 50th, 78th and 19th places respectively.


Government agencies must work together in setting up an ICT agenda and road map linked to the country’s economic and social development priorities in the short term, she said. This also includes efforts to enable small and medium enterprises and the government to take the full benefits of ICT, she added. Indonesia faced a shortfall of about nine million skilled and semi-skilled ICT workers between now and 2030, reported by McKinsey on Monday.

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