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Indonesia's Digital Economy to Dominate Southeast Asia by 2025
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Indonesia's Digital Economy to Dominate Southeast Asia by 2025

A new study has found that Indonesia’s digital economy is poised to become the largest in Southeast Asia as its market value triples to US$100 billion by 2025 from $27 billion in 2018, promising more jobs and more consumer choices for an emerging tech-savvy generation.

The annual “e-Conomy Southeast Asia” study, conducted by American tech giant Google and Singaporean holding company Temasek, says the growth will be spurred by four key digital services, namely e-commerce, with a contribution of 53 percent, online travel (25 percent), ride-hailing services (14 percent) and online media (8 percent).

“We see that these sectors have grown big and they will continue to grow in the coming years,” said Google Indonesia managing director Randy Jusuf during a press conference on the study on Tuesday.

Image: Nikkei Asian Review
Image: Nikkei Asian Review

Google head of strategy and insights Samuele Saini noted that the growth might be slightly higher than predicted because the study did not include emerging digital businesses such as those related to finance, health and education. 

He said a lack of data on these businesses meant the study was unable to make reliable predictions.

A proliferation of digital services, particularly in e-commerce, diversifies product and service choices available for Indonesia’s 150 million smartphone users — the largest number in the region — especially for users located in more remote areas.

Similarly, homegrown e-commerce platforms Tokopedia and Bukalapak have launched advertisements highlighting their expansive logistics networks that can bring everything from electric guitars to rice cookers to even the remotest kampung home.

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Homegrown e-commerce platforms Tokopedia and Bukalapak have launched advertisements highlighting their expansive logistics networks. Image: Medium

Google’s report, which is available on Thinkwithgoogle.com, says the digital economy will also increase employment opportunities as the average Southeast Asian internet-based company will increase staff by 10 percent each year.

A 2018 McKinsey report supports Google’s finding as it estimates that the digital economy could produce 3.7 million new jobs in Indonesia by 2025.

In addition to employment, Google’s report says the growth of transportation-facilitated digital services such as Grab and Go-Jek, which operate in food delivery, ride-sharing and logistics may triple “partner” jobs to 12 million region-wide in 2025 from 4 million this year.


Source : The Jakarta Post

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