Become Trainer of International Training Program on ICT Support for Palestinian SMEs Development

 
As part of Indonesia’s commitment to support Palestine in building its capacity development by providing trainings for 1000 Palestinians (2008 – 2013), Directorate of Technical Cooperation, Directorate General of Information and Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is holding “International Training Program on Information and Communication Technology Support for Palestinian SMEs Development, Bandung, from 19 – 27 September 2012.
 
It is organized in cooperation with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development, Bandung Institute of Technology (LPIK ITB).
 
Ambassador Suprapto Martosetomo, Special Advisor to the Minister on Institutional Relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in his Opening Remarks (19/09/12) underlined the importance of independent Palestine not only politically, but also in social-economic development so that the future of Palestine state will be viable and enduring.  “One of the concrete ways to support economic development is through the significant role of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
 
 
SMEs create more employment, provide better opportunity and empower local economic potentials, and prove to be able to survive and remain to be the back bone of economic development during economic crises. And Indonesia has valuable experience to share on this with our Palestine brother in today’s training in Bandung, the city of scholar, fashion, cuisine”, said Ambassador Suprapto.
 
In line with that, Ambassador of the State of Palestine in his remarks mentioned that the program of Capacity Building for Palestine by Indonesian Government are various and it is not only limited on the program done by Technical Cooperation Directorate, but also in the framework of New Asia Africa Strategic Partnership (NAASP).
 
For that, the Ambassador conveyed his grateful acknowledgment to the government and the people of Indonesia for their support on the independence and the development of Palestine and wished that in the future Palestine would be able to do the same way as Indonesian does. The Ambassador also encouraged the participants to learn how Indonesian’s SMEs are connected and being competitive. 
 
 
Meanwhile, the Director for Technical Cooperation reported that the training program is one of numerous training programs for Palestine conducted by the Directorate of Technical Cooperation of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry. In the period of 2008-2011 the Directorate has launched 7 capacity building programs. 
 
In the current program, there are 7 Palestinians taking part on the training.  It will make the total number of Palestinians trained under the Directorate of Technical Cooperation programs becomes 42 persons entirely from 2008-2012.
 
For Palestine, The Directorate has designed several scenarios of trainings and other capacity building programs. Many discussions and meetings have been organized. The directorate also plans to hold trainings in Ramallah, Palestine, in order to establish more effective trainings with larger number of participants.
 
 
During the training, the participants will have the opportunity to enrich their knowledge, advance their skills and upgrade their competency particularly related to information and communication technology on SMEs sector.
 
The participants will acquire theoretical, technical and practical courses from number of exceptional speakers, practitioners and experts. The participants are also arranged to have opportunity to visit Museum of Asia Africa in Bandung, Saung Angklung Udjo, and other potential markets from SMEs actors in Bandung.
 
“It is hoped that the training will not only be merely one way education session, but will also be the forum for exchanging ideas and experiences between Indonesia and Palestine in order to build synergies and strengthen cooperation in SMEs development”, said Director Siti Nugraha Mauludiah ended her official report.
 
 

Peran Teknologi Telematika dalam Kepemimpinan Bangsa

Pada saat ini bangsa kita sedang dalam tahapan rekonstruksi setelah mengalami krisis ekonomi, sosial, dan politik yang terburuk pada tiga tahun terakhir ini. Kepercayaan masyarakat kepada lembaga-lembaga formal amat tipis, bahkan kepercayaan antar kelompok-kelompok dalam masyarakatpun terkikis. Sedangkan gejala disintegrasi bangsa mengancam persatuan dan kesatuan bangsa kita. Upaya rekonstruksi diharapkan dapat membawa bangsa kita menjadi suatu masyarakat madani yang bersatu dalam negara Republik Indonesia.

Memasuki milenium ketiga, globalisasi yang semula merupakan suatu kecenderungan telah menjadi suatu realitas, sedangkan alternatifnya adalah pengucilan dari kancah pergaulan antar bangsa. Globalisasi menuntut adanya berbagai macam standar, pengaturan, kewajiban, dan sekaligus juga memberi hak kepada anggota masyarakat global. Berbagai aturan dikenakan secara global (misalnya, WTO, IMF, UN, dan lain-lain). Tuntutan berkompetisi, dan sekaligus berkolaborasi, memaksa kita untuk terus menerus meningkatkan daya saing bangsa kita, baik dalam pasar lokal, regional, maupun dalam pasar global.


Sementara itu, era reformasi memungkinkan kita untuk menelaah dan memperbaiki dampak negatif dari sentralisasi yang berlebihan di masa lalu. Pola sentralisasi selain mengabaikan inisiatif masyarakat, juga cenderung meniadakan proses pengambilan keputusan yang didasarkan pada kriteria obyektif berdasarkan data dan informasi. Setelah beberapa dasawarsa di bawah pemerintahan tersentralisasi, kebijakan pucuk pimpinan seringkali menjadi satu-satunya acuan yang harus diikuti. Akibatnya, keputusan lebih banyak dilakukan atas dasar kesesuaian dengan kebijakan atasan daripada berdasarkan fakta dan informasi, sehingga informasi yang dikumpulkan dari lapangan menjadi kurang dihargai.

Selain masalah-masalah tersebut di atas, perkembangan teknologi juga memberikan tantangan tersendiri pada berbagai aspek kehidupan sehari-hari. Salah satu teknologi yang berkembang pesat dan perlu dicermati adalah teknologi informasi. Tanpa penguasaan dan pemahaman akan Teknologi Telematika ini, tantangan globalisasi akan menyebabkan ketergantungan yang tinggi terhadap pihak lain dan hilangnya kesempatan untuk bersaing karena minimnya pemanfaatan teknologi informasi sebagai alat bantu dalam Kepemimpinan Bangsa. Mengingat perkembangan Teknologi Telematika yang demikian pesat, maka upaya pengembangan dan penguasaan Teknologi Telematika yang didasarkan pada kebutuhan sendiri haruslah mendapat perhatian maupun prioritas yang utama untuk dapat menjadi masyarakat yang lebih maju.


 Dengan tantangan yang beragam seperti itu, Pemerintah Republik Indonesia harus terus melakukan upaya-upaya untuk mengatasinya dan mengantisipasi langkah-langkah yang terbaik untuk bangsa Indonesia. Salah satu yang menjadi perhatian adalah bagaimana Teknologi Telematika (untuk selanjutnya akan disingkat TI atau IT-Information Technology) dapat berperan dalam langkah-langkah yang sedang, dan akan dilakukan dalam menghadapi tantangan-tantangan tersebut.

 

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ACFTA Trickle Down Effect: ICT Education Roles on Human Resources Readiness for Indonesia

  • World Economic Growth : The cheese already moved to the east (mostly China).
  • CHINA IS A SUPER POWER already:
    • China GDP will grow by seven percent or more next year.
    • China will mandate buy China for domestic usage
    • China will buy IMF bonds
    • China owns about 800 billion of US Treasury
    • China has two trillion dollars of foreign reserve. This will grow to three trillion in next five years.
    • China wants to have significant say at IMF
    • China does not want to called as part of BRIC, It should be renamed as BRIM (Brazil, Russia, India, and Mexico)
  • Countries Economic Characteristics: 
    • ASEAN Needs to Define A Better Strategy 
    • China is an economic giants to ASEAN 
    • GDP and Foreign Reserve of China are far above those of ASEAN members 
    • Trade structure between China and ASEAN members show that Chinese products are highly competitive 
    • Almost all ASEAN members face trade deficit against China 
    • Chinese attractiveness for foreign investment is above that of ASEAN members in average.
  • ACFTA,Gates to Liberalization:
    • ACFTA was agreed in November 2002 and effectively due date on January 01, 2010. Both sides have targeted the realization of ACFTA in 2010 for Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and China, and 2015 for Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam. 
    • Under the ACFTA, tariffs on certain products as known as the Early Harvest Program (EHP), were reduced before the onset of the FTA (came into effect on 1 January 2004). 
    • Others agreements by sectors have also been agreed under ACFTA.
  • ICT Education Roleson Human Resources Readiness for Indonesia:
    • Learn from Singapore:
      • Aim: Basic blueprint, Infocomm21, lays out plans to develop Singapore into a dynamic and vibrant infocomm capital with a thriving and prosperous Internet economy by 2010.
      • Vision: To develop Singapore into a dynamic and vibrant global infocomm capital with a thriving and prosperous e-economy and an infocomm-savvy e- society.DR TONY TAN KENG YAM, SINGAPORE ACTING PRIME MINISTER
    • Knowledge-driven Economy – Heavily supported by prominent ICT Education Institution:
      • The knowledge-driven economy continues to be characterized by a rapidly changing and pervasive information infrastructure.
      • The Internet and its accompanying applications # e- Business platforms, interactive experiences with new forms of content, sophisticated consumer devices, leading-edge information technology # are all elements of the digital economy. 
    • Ecosystem of the Infocomms and Media – Education Institution as part of “Innovator & Early-Adopter:
      • Communications 
      • e-Business 
      • Information Technology (IT) 
      • Media & Digital Entertainment (MDE) 
    • e-Powering the Public Sector Strategies:

Education Institution can propose to Telkomsel as “Change Agent” for Educate their external stakeholder (customer , partner, community, supplier etc.) 

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    • Encourage the delivery of online public services
    • Innovate with technology to build new capabilities
    • Develop thought leadership on e-government
    • Promote the use of e-government services
    • Leverage the private sector

Education Institution can propose to Telkomsel as “Change Agent” for Universal Sevice Obligation (USO) stakeholder (customer , partner, community, supplier etc.)

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    • Improve the accessibility of infocomm technology
    • Bridge the digital divide
    • Encourage the adoption of an e-lifestyle 
  • Trend for ICT for the next 5 years –  Education Institution can propose to Telkomsel to Educate & Train their internal stakeholder (employee, manager, shareholder etc.):
    • Network Security
    • Mobile Wireless & Broadband Access
    • Service Delivery Platform (SDP) for Convergence
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