President Jokowi Inaugurates Palapa Ring
Advanced digital connectivity must be utilized for the welfare and progress of the nation, strengthening unity and brotherhood, and improving education quality, President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has said.
“As well as to strengthen our trade by connecting our MSME (micro, small, and medium enterprises) products to the national and even to global market networks,” President Jokowi said while inaugurating the Operation of the Palapa Ring at the State Palace, Jakarta, Monday (14/10).
However, the President stated that the rapid development of digital technology and broadband connection must be used properly. “It should not be used to spread hate speeches and hoaxes. This must be prevented,” he said, adding that the people should also make joint effort to combat cybercrime in the country.
According to President Jokowi, the existence of Palapa Ring is also expected to create social justice for Indonesian people.
“Every Indonesian people, from Sabang to Merauke, from Miangas to Rote Island, have the same opportunity to access this technological progress and be connected very quickly,” he said.
On the occasion, the President also ordered all government officials to utilize the Palapa Ring connection to accelerate the realization of an efficient bureaucracy, a serving bureaucracy, which increases public accountability and accuracy in its policies.
“The Government has provided fiber optic network backbone for the high-speed internet connectivity,” he added.
For the record, the western Palapa Ring and central Palapa Ring satellites that already been launched are proven beneficial for the people and the eastern Palapa Ring is expected to improve eastern Indonesia people’s welfare. (UN/ES)
Translated by: Galuh Wicaksono
Edited by: Lulu Wuliarti