Industry 4.0 involves technologies that allow more automation and data exchange

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Jakarta, – The government under President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo is strongly determined to develop Indonesia into a 4.0 industrial economy. Industry 4.0 is referred to the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.

But, in order for industry 4.0 to fully materialize in Southeast Asia’s largest economy, Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto reiterated the importance of building strategic initiatives.

According to the minister, such initiatives should be cross-sectoral and should include supply chain optimization, national digital infrastructure development, and industrial human resources quality improvement, especially in digital competence and entrepreneurship. In addition, the initiatives shall encompass innovation development through the provision of incentives as well as policy and regulation optimization in the industrial sector. Minister Airlangga made his remarks when addressing participants in Innofest ID 2018 at his office on Tuesday (24/7), as reported by

Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto. (Photo credit: @airlanggahartarto Instagram)

The planned 4.0 industrialization will focus on five sectors namely food and beverage, automotive, electronics, chemical, and textile product, Minister Airlangga said. In the Innofest ID 2018 gathering, the Industry Minister mentioned the reason behind the selection of the five sectors. He shared that these sectors have contributed 60 percent of Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) from manufacturing; 65 percent of manufactured goods export; and 60 percent of employment  in manufacturing sector.

Meanwhile, the minister had previously stated on various occasions this year that Indonesia’s current industrial output contributed 20 percent, or the largest share, of the country’s economy. In addition, he also boasted that this industrial output level had placed the country among other nations with highest levels of industrial contribution, including the UK, Japan and Mexico. Minister Airlangga also shared that the 20 percent share was higher than the United States’ 19 percent.

President Jokowi in April of this year launched Industry 4.0 Roadmap, which is aimed to respond to the rapidly changing industrial sector worldwide.