Regional Roundtable on Rethinking the Digital Economy

May 21, 2015

Venue: Grand on Thamrin 2, Pullman Thamrin, Jakarta, Indonesia

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Globally, there are now more connected devices than the number of people in the world. Yet this connectivity is not equal throughout the world. ASEAN, as a region, still lags behind the world average in terms of Internet penetration. As the Internet becomes more pervasive, the cost of not getting online will only continue to mount. With the establishment of the 2015 ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) looming, therein lies the opportunity to achieve digital connectivity to foster the creation of a single market, and encourage regional competitiveness and social inclusion.

In this context, the forum focused on the progress Indonesia and ASEAN have made in advancing a vibrant and digitally integrated society and economy. The Internet Society (ISOC) Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau shared key findings from ‘Unleashing the Potential of the Internet for ASEAN Economies’, its recent study which assesses the Internet ecosystem of the 10 ASEAN economies.

The forum also tabled regional studies from Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and eBay that look at the readiness and potential pathways for the region to usher in the digital economy.


14:30 – 15:00 REGISTRATION
 15:00 – 15:05 OPENING ADDRESS: Budi Yuwono, Senior Officer, Infrastructure Division, Economic Community Department, ASEAN Secretariat
15:20 – 16:30 PANEL DISCUSSION 1: ADVANCING THE DIGITAL ECONOMY – REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES The session started off with the launch of the Unleashing the Potential of the Internet for ASEAN Economies with a short presentation of highlights and key findings of the report.  The launch was followed by a panel discussion where the panellists shared their views on the state of the digital economy of the Asia Pacific region. The discussion included what needs to be done to overcome connectivity challenges, market and regulatory disaccords and cross-border issues.

  • Yu-Chang Kuek, Vice President and Managing Director, ICANN APAC

ICANN, the Digital Economy, and e-Friction

  • Sassoon Grigorian, Director of Public Policy for eBay Inc, Asia-Pacific

eBay Rethinking the Digital Economy

  • Duangthip Chomprang, Regional Affairs Manager, ISOC Asia-Pacific

ISOC Unleashing the Potential of the Internet for ASEAN Economies

Moderated by: Peter Lovelock, Director & Founder, TRPC

16:30 – 17:00 COFFEE BREAK
17:00 – 18:15 PANEL DISCUSSION 2: TOWARDS A DIGITALLY POWERED INDONESIA In this session, the panelists discussed where different sectors of the Indonesian economy stand in terms of reaping the benefits promised by the Internet, and why moving towards the fully developed digital economy is important for the sustainable growth of Indonesia. The discussion included cases from various industries, and the respective roles of the public and private sectors.

  • Shinta Chanuwardoyo, CEO,
  • Eky Amrullah, Senior Program Manager, e-Mitra/NetHope
  • Dr. Ing. Ilham A. Habibie, MBA, Head of National ICT Counsel and President Director of PT. Ithabi Rekatama
  • [Respondent] Pandji S. Choesin, Executive Coordinator, KADIN

Moderated by: Garin Ganis, ISOC Indonesia Jakarta Chapter

18:15 – 18:30 WRAP-UP AND CLOSING

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