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Same old issues slow Indonesia’s digital economy

  • Timothy Astandu

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 18 2019   /  02:04 am

The British like to drink tea and the Brazilians love to play soccer. Every country has stereotypes attached to it, and while we must take each stereotype with a pinch of salt, there is usually a grain of truth behind why a country is perceived in a certain way.Unfulfilled potential has always been the quintessential story of Indonesia. Whenever you talk with someone who is familiar with Indonesia’s economy, you will most likely hear the same thoughts. Indonesia is a blessed country with huge potential, and we are advancing toward the era of the digital economy. However, the same issues that have hampered Indonesia for the last few decades persist, and these same issues prevent our digital economy from skyrocketing.First and foremost, technological development relies heavily on a skilled labor force. Unfortunately, human capital has always been an obstacle. Indonesia’s abundant workf...