JAKARTA - West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil received 2019 'Recognition of Excellence' award for the Village Digital Initiative Category from the OpenGov organization. This award was given in the Indonesia OpenGov Leadership Forum 2019 event at JW Marriot Hotel, Kuningan, Jakarta, Thursday (07/18/19).
OpenGov is an international organization that provides an assessment of government performance, especially for innovation, carried out by governments in various parts of the world.
Ridwan Kamil himself received the award thanks to his efforts to develop digital villages in West Java Province.
"Regarding our innovation, thank God, it was appreciated, about Digital Village," said Emil - greeting Ridwan Kamil - after receiving the award.
According to Emil, the digital revolution needs to be done in an inclusive manner by involving various sectors that have not been touched by the digital ecosystem so far, including by providing free wifi facilities to various villages, such as the West Java Provincial Government (Pemdaprov).
"This digital revolution must be inclusive, include sectors that have not been reached by digital ecosystems," Emil said.
At present, villages in West Java have implemented digital systems in various economic activities and coordination between the government and its citizens. The target, this year will be 600 villages in West Java with free wifi facilities.
"Hundreds of free wifi in hundreds of villages, such as in Indramayu feeding fish with (applications) on mobile phones, fishermen in Sukabumi looking for fish with fish finders, socializing with social media, then we have residents with RW-RW, etc. , "Emil said.
"Including e-commerce, agriculture in Ciwidey is buying and selling online," he added.
Emil emphasized the application of digital technology in villages to be interesting and unique at this time. Because, continued Emil, not all places in the world do that.
He also hopes that Digital Village in West Java can be an example of how the digital ecosystem can improve the economy of the villagers, so that urbanization into the city is no longer the only choice to improve living standards.
"That (Digital Village of West Java) is a big innovation that not all places in the world do, so I think this is an example. Just starting out but already appreciated, God willing, the harvest will be extraordinary," he concluded.