‘Accelerate digital integration for post-Covid economic recovery’

Staff Correspondent

18 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

To boost the regional recovery in the post-Covid-19 era, ASEAN should accelerate its digital integration which has the potential to generate a US$1 trillion uplift in GDP by 2025, said Dr Aladdin D. Rillo, Deputy Secretary General for ASEAN Economic Community.

He shared his view at a virtual meeting titled: “Towards a more digitalized ASEAN: Shifting Currents, Opportunities, and Challenges in time of Pandemic” on Tuesday, said press release.

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI), in collaboration with Huawei Indonesia, held an interactive dialogue among the policymakers, academics, and industry experts on the current state of digital connectivity, challenges, and potentials towards a more digitized ASEAN.

Dr Aladdin D. Rillo said, “I look at digital connectivity and transformation as important priorities and cross-cutting issues that affect every sector in the economy."

 "Therefore, it would require a multi-stakeholder approach or response. This also requires participation from stakeholders, including the private sector, like Huawei," he added.

ASEAN needs all stakeholders’ contributions, from the country, academia to the private sector - including companies like Huawei - to address a number of priorities in the region and ensure that digital transformation is here to stay, said Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN.

Dr Dino Patti Djalal, Founder and Chairman of FPCI, said that digital connectivity is becoming more relevant as the COVID-19 pandemic hits the world.