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Special T20 Event on the Side-lines of the G20 Leaders Summit: Shaping Digital Innovations for A Sustainable and Stronger Recovery


COVID-19 has illustrated the power of digital innovations, in improving the individual and collective capabilities to drive change and be resilient in times of multiple combined crises. With an estimated 15% contribution to world GDP in 2015-2020, digital economy has been supporting global economic recovery. Thus, Indonesia’s G20 Presidency placed digital transformation as one of its priority agendas for global recovery and is working towards a new global digital architecture that an strengthen digital connectivity, entrepreneurship, skills upgradations, and data flow.

In support of the G20 digital working group, T20 -Task Force 2 acted as a platform for exchanging information and experiences related to best practices in the field of Meaningful Digital Connectivity, Cyber Security, Empowerment.

Adoption and use of digital technologies and the speed transformation varies among G20 economies by demographic categories, industries, and firm size, raising concerns about the inclusiveness of the digital transformation. Barriers typically include some combination of a lack of high-quality and affordable infrastructure connectivity; a lack of trust in digital technologies and activities; a shortage of the skills needed to succeed in the digital economy; a more reactive than proactive approach to the openness of the Internet; services trade barriers; high costs and poor access to financing for smaller firms; barriers to the reallocation of resources across firms and sectors; and a lack of interoperability of standards. The growing number of digital agendas or strategies established by developed and emerging economies shows the relevance of a whole-of-government approach to address these issues in a coherent manner.

Based on the results of an open discussion at the T20 Indonesia several bold ideas were proposed to resolve these issues in the form of articulation digitalization for quality of life. G20 leaders could support the adoption of best practices and policies that enable all relevant actors, including SMEs, Cities to work together more effectively to help foster an interoperable environment in support of sustainable and inclusive growth. Several solutions were proposed, including establishment of Regional Center for Digital Economy for Sustainable Growth and the formulation of the Smarter World Living Lab.


The special G20 event 'Shaping Digital Innovations for A Sustainable Recovery' will be organized by the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) intends to:

  1. Raise awareness on the transformative role of the digital economy in driving stronger global growth
  2. Promote factors that contribute to a people-cantered and sustainable approach to digital transformation at the G20 level
  3. Gather political, business, and social leaders’ views on the regional knowledge centre(s) and living labs in support of the digital economy and support of the G20 digital agenda

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2022
  • Time: 1.30 PM - 3.45 PM (Bali Time/UTC +8)


1PM - 1:30PM 


1:30PM - 1:40PM

Welcoming and Opening Remarks

  • Mr Koji Hachiyama, Chief Operating Officer, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
  • Prof Ir Taufan Marhaendraja, M.Sc., Ph.D. Head of Science and Technology Development (LPII)

MC: Ms Lydia Ruddy, Director of Communications and Special Advisor to the President on US-ASEAN Affairs, ERIA

1:40PM - 1:50PM

Special Remarks

  • Prof Dr (HC.) K. H. Ma'ruf Amin, Vice President of Indonesia

1:50PM - 2:20PM

Keynote Speeches

  1. Dr (H.C.) Ir Airlangga Hartarto, M.B.A., M.M.T., IPU, Minister of Coordinating for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
  2. Prof Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) New Delhi

2:20PM - 3:20PM

‘How can developing countries make the most of the digital revolution and what is the role of G20?’


  • Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)


  • Prof Bambang Permadi Soemantri Brodjonegoro, S.E., M.U.P., Ph.D., Lead Co-Chair Think 20, Former Minister of Research and Technology on ‘How to gain the economic in the world through the smarter world living lab?’
  • Prof Dr Ir Suhono Harso Supangkat, M.Eng, Lead Co-Chair Task Force 2, Head of Smart City and Community Innovation Center, Bandung Institute of Technology on ‘Establishment the smarter world living lab’
  • Prof Toshio Obi, Co-Chair of Task Force 2 - T20 Indonesia, Director, APEC Digital Government Research Center; Professor Emeritus, Waseda University on ‘Economy digitalization to improve the quality of life’ (online)
  • Ms Cyn-Young Park, Director Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of Asian Development Bank (online)
  • Mr Rajan Natarajan, CEO of  PT Business Intelligence technologies
  • Mr Nicolas J.A.Buchoud, Advisor to the Dean and to the T7 Japan, ADBI, Tokyo and Fellow, Global Solutions Initiative (GSI, Berlin)*

3:20PM - 3:40PM

Q&A and Discussion

3:40PM - 3:45PM

Closing Remarks