Joko to Visit Silicon Valley, Meet With Google, Facebook, Twitter Executives

US President Barack Obama, left, with President Joko Widodo in Sunnylands, California on Tuesday. (Antara Photo/Kevin Lamarque)

By : Tabita Diela | on 4:50 PM February 17, 2016
Category : Business, Economy, Featured

Jakarta. President Joko Widodo will visit several high profile social media offices in Silicon Valley on Wednesday (17/02), promoting Indonesia's plan to push for digital economy while collecting support to boost access for small and medium enterprises in the country to the digital world.

"President Jokowi's visit to technology companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter and startups incubator is related to the government plan in developing digital-based economy or e-commerce," Rudiantara, Indonesia's minister of communications and information technology, said in a statement.

Rudiantara has joined the president's entourage attending the Asean-US Summit in Sunnylands, California.

Among his scheduled visits to several US locations, Joko will meet with Twitter's chief executive Jack Dorsey at the social media's headquarter in San Francisco.

The president, an avid user of social media, said communications and social platforms like Twitter can be key to preventing terrorism and extremism in the country, while also supporting the economy.

Joko has been using Twitter to update netizens on his visit to the US via @setkabgoid, @Portal_Kemlu_RI, #USASEAN2016, and #JokowiVisitsUS.

The government has given the digital economy an unprecedented amount of focus under Joko, promoting the sector to local small and medium sized enterprises while opening the industry to larger-scale foreign investment.

The Communications Ministry has, for example, released a long-awaited e-commerce roadmap featuring 11 initiatives to support growing online trade, data and transactions over the Internet.

The government hopes the roadmap will nurture the sector and create at least 1,000 technopreneurs and rake in, at least, $130 billion in 2020.

The government aimed to book $24.6 billion in e-commerce transaction this year or double the transaction in 2014.

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