BANDUNG CITY - Inequality of digitalization of rural and urban communities is one of the problems of West Java in facing the industrial revolution 4.0. To solve this problem, the West Java Provincial Government (Pemdaprov) initiated Digital Village.
Digital village is a community empowerment program through the use of digital technology and the internet in developing village potential, marketing and acceleration of access and information services.
Later, all public services in the village will be digitized, internet connections will be improved, command centers will be built, and village communities can utilize social media to promote and introduce superior products in their areas.
Since it was launched by West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil on December 10, 2018, the West Java Provincial Government has installed wifi in blank spot villages or villages that have no internet connection at all.
According to the Head of the Village Community Empowerment Service (DPM-Desa) Prov. Jabar Dedi Supandi, installation of wifi is the first focus of West Java Provincial Government. Because, if the village internet connection is good, other programs, such as Sapa Warga and One Village One Company (OVOC), can be realized.
"This year 600 free wifi, especially in blank spot areas. Then after installing free wifi in the village, derivative programs related to public services and information flow can run and be realized as soon as possible, "he said.
In the fisheries sector, 1,039 ponds are using smart auto feeder technology. Through this technology, feeding fish can use a device. This makes the harvest can increase from two to four times a year. Percentage of income also jumped approximately 30 to 100 percent. With a smooth internet connection, fish marketing can be done online.
In addition, in Ciwidey, Bandung Regency, marketing of agricultural products has been through e-commerce. This, of course, benefits farmers and consumers, because distribution channels that often inflate prices can be cut.
Emil - as Ridwan Kamil is called - hopes that Digital Village in West Java can be an example of how digital ecosystems can improve the economy of villagers, so that urbanization to cities is no longer the only option 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 but already appreciated, God willing, the harvest will be extraordinary," he said.
One of the awards was given by OpenGov - an international organization that provides an assessment of government performance, especially for innovation, conducted by governments in various parts of the world.
OpenGov presented the 'Recognition of Excellence 2019' award for the Digital Village Initiative category to the West Java Provincial Government in the Indonesia OpenGov Leadership Forum 2019 at the JW Marriot Hotel, Kuningan, Jakarta, Thursday (18/7/19).
Appreciation is indeed not the most important thing in developing West Java. However, the award can illustrate that the Digital Village program initiated by the West Java Provincial Government has touched the root of the problem and its benefits can be felt directly by the community.