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Indonesia Issues e-Commerce Road Map

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Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara explains the Palapa Ring project, which aims to improve connectivity across the country. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has signed the long-awaited e-commerce road map that will provide guidelines for the country’s digital economy sector, Communication and Information Minister Rudiantara said Wednesday.

Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara explains the Palapa Ring project, which aims to improve connectivity across the country. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

He explained that the roadmap was expected to be issued at the end of this year and would not only regulate technology, but also cover issues such as logistics, cyber securities, taxation, human resources development and consumer protection.

“One of the issues in the road map also relates to the payment system by implementing the National Payment Gateway (NPG), which will be under the supervision of Bank Indonesia,” Rudiantara said, after attending the coordination meeting on e-commerce at the Economic Coordinating Ministry office in Jakarta.

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As part of the roadmap’s initiatives, he added, the ministry was currently designing a measure to record online transaction information from the marketplace, in coordination with the Finance Ministry, Central Statistics Agency (BPS) and Bank Indonesia.

“We only need to talk to e-commerce players on how to extract the information, so we do not have to create a new system to handle the matter,” Rudiantara told journalists.

The meeting, he added, also revolved around the issues of the digital economy such as cross border transactions, which would be one of the main focuses in the upcoming bilateral meeting between Indonesia and China. (rdi/ags, The Jakarta Post)

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