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Meet Tony Blair, Airlangga Discussed Digitalization and Cyber Security

Airlangga-Tony Blair also discusses energy transition.

Rep: Iit Septyaningsih/ Red: Erdy Nasrul
Minister of Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto received a visit from former British prime minister Tony Blair at the Ministry of Economic Affairs office in Jakarta on Friday (19/4/2024).
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Minister of Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto received a visit from former British prime minister Tony Blair at the Ministry of Economic Affairs office in Jakarta on Friday (19/4/2024).

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Former British prime minister Tony Blair visited the office of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Jakarta on Friday (19/4/2024). Together with Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, he discussed efforts to promote the level of financial inclusiveness, one of them through digitalization.

Minister Airlangga said the adequacy of the resources available to the Tony Blair Institute (TBI) is expected to support the digitization efforts. “We want to encourage that digitalization is inclusive so of course we talk about digital infrastructure regarding data centers, Artificial Intelligent (AI) regulation to cyber security,” Airlangga said in his office on Friday (19/4/2024).

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He revealed that the meeting also discussed the energy transition. Especially related to Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETPI), Asia Zero Emission Community (AZEC), to efforts to realize energy transition. One of them is through the Solar Power Plant (PLTS) in the capital of the archipelago (IKN) which is prepared for 1.2 GigaWatts.

Airlangga and Tony Blair also discussed geopolitical issues that are currently emerging amid global uncertainty. Namely, the current conflict in the Middle East region is considered to be a problem that many countries do not want.

Airlangga, who is also the Chairman of the DPP of the Golkar Party, said that for Indonesia's own interests, geopolitical stability is expected to be more conducive. According to him, this is needed in order to have a better impact especially on the national economic conditions.

“First of all, we must keep the Indo-Pacific region a peaceful region. So if the Indo-Pacific region becomes a conflict-free area, we can encourage economic growth,” Airlangga said.

The Minister of Economic Affairs added that in the future, the Indo-Pacific region will be one of the areas of concern to the world. Thus, among the Indo-Pacific region, Indonesia's position is very strategic. Airlangga said that this is what makes the Tony Blair Institute ready to help Indonesia.

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