West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil launched the Digital Village program in Puntang village, Losarang Subdistrict, Indramayu (12/10) - Photo by Governor Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil has inaugurated the digital village project in Indramayu regency, on Monday (12/10). The project will be implemented in 5,300 villages throughout West Java province.

All public services in the village will be digitized, connected to wireless networks, have command centers, social media accounts for promotions and news, e-commerce systems and match applications with the character and economic potential of each village.

The regional government also wants to centralized digital innovations in 10 villages from five cities in West Java through the adoption of digital village for fisheries.

He said, this program aimed to set up local governance to be ready for the industrial revolution 4.0. Its also aims to empower society through the use of digital technology and internet to develop village potential, accelerate uptake of market access and information services.

Kamil stated, the digital village is a strategy for rural society to start utilizing wifi internet connection efficiently for economic activities, especially in the agriculture and fisheries sectors.

For that, the provincial Government will also co-operate with e-Fishery companies and cellular operator PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel) to provide the internet access, co-operate with other local company PT Suri Tani Pemuka and PT Japfa Comfeed Indonesia Tbk (IDX: JPFA) for fisheries feeds, PT Bank Jabar Banten Tbk (IDX: BJBR) for capital assistance and Telkom University which will provide training to residents.

Indramayu is well-known as one of the larger catfish producer in West Java. Kamil stated, through this program the annual turnover of catfish sales in the regency is predicted to grow up to two-fold per year from initially Rp1 trillion (US$68.97 million).

While, Telkomsel com Vice President for Corporate Planning, Andi Kristianto said the launch of the digital village in Indramayu was proof of the operator’s seriousness in developing the Internet of Things (IoT) and to realize Digital Innovation Village in Indonesia.

West Java province hopes to become a prototype for the development of the agricultural and digital fisheries industry, and to become a development program for the economic growth of farmers and cattlemen across the whole of Indonesia.

US$1: Rp14,500

Written by Daniel Deha, Email: theinsiderstories@gmail.com