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Huawei Reaffirms Support as Indonesia-China Business Forum 2021 Calls for Closer Collaboration in Technology

This year, Indonesia and China are celebrating the 71st anniversary of their diplomatic relations. Moreover, since the signing of the comprehensive strategic partnership agreement in 2013, both countries have enjoyed closer economic ties. The Indonesia-China Business Forum 2021 held on Tuesday, October 19, underscores the importance of cooperation and good relations between Indonesia and China as digital technologies play an even more important role in empowering government, the economy, and business communities as a whole.

Held using a hybrid arrangement in Jakarta and Beijing concurrently, the Indonesia-China Business Forum 2021 presented keynote speakers Coordinating Minister of Maritime and Investment Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan; Indonesian Ambassador for the People’s Republic of China, Djauhari Oratmangun; Governor of Bank Indonesia, Perry Warjiyo; and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahendra Siregar. The panel discussion involved Senior Advisor on Economy, Ministry of Investment/Coordinating Board of Investment, Indra Darmawan; Head of Financial Markets Development, Bank Indonesia, Donny Hutabarat; General Manager of Sinovac Biotech Ltd., Helen Yang, Regional Representative of Huawei, Luna Liu, and moderated by Chairman of the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce in China (Inacham), Liky Sutikno.

To welcome the new digital era, Coordinating Minister of Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan opined that strategic relations with the right investing partner is key. Healthcare and environment are some examples of Indonesia-China’s productive relationship.

Luhut said that the technology sector will benefit from stronger ties between the two nations. “Usage of technology in all facets of life is inevitable. Having realized this, local companies are partnering with Chinese enterprises such as Huawei in order to reap the benefits of knowledge- and technology-sharing,” he said.

Indonesian Ambassador for the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia, Djauhari Oratmangun, also highlighted China’s leap to become one of the world’s superpowers with by harnessing technology. According to him, China’s success story should be a valuable lesson for the Indonesian government and businesses alike.

Djauhari explained, “Looking back on China’s experience, they greatly emphasize collaboration in technology, especially between the government and the private sector, to encourage innovation, public services, and economic activities that benefit everyone. For instance, the local government contracted Huawei to build data centers and smart city projects. A similar model can be implemented in Indonesia. We can receive this knowledge through close relations between Indonesia and China at both government and business levels.”

Sharing the same note with Luhut and Djauhari on the importance of collaboration in technology, Regional Representative of Huawei Luna Liu highlighted the human development as an essentially core engine for growth.

“For Huawei, talent is the ICT industry’s most important resource. It plays a pivotal role to prepare ICT talents to become future players of the ecosystem. Multiple helix cooperation, especially among industry, government and other key stakeholders, is vital to creating a rich ICT talent ecosystem that is open, collaborative and beneficial for all and that is capable of facilitating the digital transformation and leap ahead,” Luna said.

Separately, VP Public Affairs and Communications of Huawei Indonesia, Ken Qi reaffirmed commitment to Indonesia, where Huawei has operated and offered its contribution for over 21 years.

“In Indonesia, Huawei has contributed our ICT solutions for various sectors, from healthcare, education, to mobilizing the transition towards e-government. We hope that the ICT solutions we contributed may help promote Indonesia as an investment destination. These solutions are also part of our long-term commitment towards comprehensive digital transformation in Indonesia,” Ken said.

“We extend the highest appreciation to the Government of Indonesia for having such a far-sighted vision, clear direction as well as determination on human development to prepare a fertile soil for growth. Huawei’s commitment to nurture 100,000 Indonesian digital talents until 2024 is a testament that we may be able to achieve together Indonesia’s grand vision to become a global economic powerhouse by 2030,” Ken concluded.