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Minister of Communication and Informatics, Rudiantara., Jakarta – Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara has noted that OVO, a digital wallet provider start-up, has become Indonesia’s fifth unicorn company, valued at more than USD one billion.

“I have talked with its founder, and it is, indeed at over one billion. I dare to speak up about this after receiving direct confirmation,” Rudiantara said in Jakarta on Saturday (5/10/2019).

According to data provided by a company analysis firm, CB Insights, valuation of OVO reached USD 2.9 billion, as of March 14, 2019.

“We are very grateful about this, since we have targeted five unicorns as of the end of 2019. Yet, before that target was reached there was already a new one. We welcome OVO as a new Indonesian unicorn, established in Indonesia,” Rudiantara added.

Earlier, it was announced that Indonesia has three start-up companies that reached unicorn status, including Traveloka, Bukalapak, and Tokopedia.

“I pinned high hopes that the target will be exceeded, since there are more unicorn-potential start-up companies for this year,” Rudiantara added.

He hinted that these companies are coming from the education sector, noting, “Logically, 20 percent of the national budget is aimed for educational purposes, while five percent is for health. How could it be possible, if there are no unicorns from these sectors?”. (amd)





Minister of Communications and Informatics, Rudiantara., Jakarta – Communications and Informatics Minister Rudiantara confirmed the complete normalization of internet access in Papua Province.

The Communication and Informatics Ministry had earlier restricted internet access in the provinces of Papua and West Papua from August-end to September to thwart the enormous spread of fake news and inflammatory content.

“It has been a long time (normal). I even forgot (when it was revoked). The data has been activated; everything is activated. Indeed, when riot occurs in Wamena, internet access was temporarily deactivated in Wamena, but thereafter, there was no more (blocking),” Rudiantara stated at the Vice President’s Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (9/10/2019).

Speaking in connection with the distribution of hoax, Rudiantara admitted to not being aware of the exact data, though confirming that the figure had declined significantly.

Before Wamena, the Communication and Informatics Ministry also cut internet access in several areas in Papua and West Papua in August-end owing to demonstrations that had snowballed into riots.

“We see from the virtual world, how many URLs (uniform resource locators) expand hoaxes today. If the recycled hoaxes are still there, I have to check,” he explained.

The Communication and Informatics Ministry believes internet restrictions are a solution to curbing the proliferation of hoaxes and hate expressions.

The Communication and Informatics Ministry pointed out that the circulation of hoaxes in Papua had peaked on August 31, 2019, with such URLs reaching 42 thousand.

The Ministry of Communication and Informatics claimed that the number of such URLs had dropped to some one thousand on September 12, 2019, after internet access was blocked. (fsn)

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Go-Food handled over 50 million transactions per month in Southeast Asia, and the number of transactions doubled in the past six months., Jakarta – Go-Food, a food delivery service of Indonesia’s ride-hailing app Go-Jek, announced that its market share has reached 75 percent in Indonesia. “We continue towards becoming the market leader in food-delivery services with a 75 percent market share in Indonesia,” Chief Food Officer Gojek Group, Catherine Hindra Sutjahyo said in a written statement here Thursday (19/9/2019).

Based on data from research firm Nielsen, Go-Food handled over 50 million transactions per month in Southeast Asia, and the number of transactions doubled in the past six months, Catherine noted.

Some 84 percent of people who used more than one food delivery application considered Go-Food as the best service in Indonesia, far higher than the industry average of 39 percent, the most recent Nielsen report “Understanding the Online Food Delivery Market” revealed.

That fact is directly proportional to the growth of GoFood in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

The app has become part of people’s daily lives. Consumers do not need to spend time waiting in line at restaurants because thousands of menu choices are at hand, Catherine said.

“So it makes life more practical,” she said.

Based on Nielsen’s data and findings, this app is rated by consumers to exceed the industry average because it was considered to have a diverse menu choice of 87 percent and 83 percent diverse traders by urban consumers.

In addition, it is easy to use, said 83 percent and Gojek’s driver partners are considered friendly, polite and informative, said 82 percent. With regard to the addition of balances the app was much easier, said 82 percent, while 79 percent of urban consumers rated its services as the fastest. (edy)

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Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi., Jakarta – Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi opened the Regional Conference on Digital Diplomacy (RCDD) to be held in Jakarta on (10-11/9/2019).

“This conference is a new initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that is a follow-up to the earlier discussion last year in June 2018,” Marsudi remarked in Jakarta on Tuesday (10/9/2019).

The RCDD is the first conference related to the field of digital diplomacy organized in the region. Representatives from 16 countries comprising 10 ASEAN member nations and six ASEAN’s dialogue partners, including Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand were attendees at the conference.

Minister Marsudi reiterated the significance of the implementation of RCDD that can be a forum for relevant stakeholders in the region to discuss opportunities and challenges in the path to conducting diplomacy in the digital era and ways to optimally utilize information and communication technology in diplomacy towards realizing progress and mutual prosperity.

The RCDD is also projected to encourage future cooperation in reducing the technological and digital divide in the region. This activity is also expected to offer an opportunity for all parties, including the private sector, to develop opportunities for cooperation in the field of digital technology.

The regional conference will agree on the document “The Jakarta Message on Regional Cooperation on Digital Diplomacy” that contains the recognition of the importance of digital diplomacy, joint commitment in building messages, and digital diplomacy cooperation between relevant stakeholders, including an appeal for building a community that is free from false information.

The results document will be supplemented by an action plan for ongoing cooperation between the government, private sector, and other stakeholders in building regional networks to step up the utilization of digital technology for diplomacy.

On the sidelines of the conference, a digital technology exhibition will be held on September 10-11, 2019. Indonesia’s unicorns, start-ups, and other potential partners will take part in the exhibition that is open to the public. (yna)

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