Minister Plate, Spanish Ambassador discuss support for ICT development

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Communication and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate met with Ambassador of Spain to Indonesia, H.E. Francisco De Asis Aguilera Aranda, on Friday, to discuss support for development of Indonesia’s information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure.

“We discussed the potential for cooperation between Indonesia and Spain, especially in information and information technology applications,” Plate remarked on Friday.

Furthermore, the minister noted that the meeting was held in keeping with the sound long-lasting relations between both nations.

“Indonesia and Spain have shared good relations since long. G2G or government-to-government financing between Spain and Indonesia is also not a new thing,” he remarked.

He also drew attention to several projects listed at the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) regarding ICT infrastructure for digital transformation that are planned to be financed by the Spanish government.

The Spanish government also plans to assist Indonesia in information and communication technology infrastructure development, including upstream and downstream ICT infrastructure.

“Spain is keen to finance and partake, especially in upstream and downstream digital infrastructure development,” Plate noted.

Plate stated that his ministry is open to forging cooperation with an external party as long as the innovation is competitive, modern, appropriate, and suitable for Indonesia.

In the near future, Plate will submit a financing offer from the Spanish Government to finance ICT infrastructure projects in Indonesia.

On the other hand, Ambassador Aranda said his side was open to support the development of Indonesia’s digital infrastructure.

“After meeting with Minister Plate, I have a better understanding regarding Indonesia’s goals and what can we do to help in achieving those goals,” he stated.

He affirmed that Spain has shared sound relations with Indonesia since long. Spanish companies and the government are willing to work with Indonesia on projects regarding digital infrastructure to proffer benefits to the Indonesian people in the future.

Source: Antara News