Indonesia to boost healthcare, education with India's ICT help

Both sides will raise cooperation in ICT, with Indonesia eyeing mutual benefits from opening up to more business to India's ICT expertise.

Industry leaders from both countries say India's large ICT sector and resources can help boost Indonesia's education and healthcare sectors.

Indonesia hopes to improve its healthcare and education sectors with India's ICT knowledge and resources.

According to Didie Soewondo, deputy chairman of the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry at a meeting in India on Monday, India not only has a comparative advantage in education and human resource, its ICT education was also sophisticated, the Jakarta Globe reported.

He also noted many companies from various sectors in Indonesia needed advanced technology to support their operations and that India could provide such help.

Naina Lal Kidwai, president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, who was also present at the meeting, noted India's ICT sector is so large so there is room for cooperation between both countries.

" Indonesia's Internet penetration level is higher than India's . Meanwhile, some 12 million people work in the ICT sector in India," she said, adding such conditions mean there is an opportunity for both countries to benefit.

Kidwai also observed India's advanced ICT could boost cooperation in the healthcare sector, improving public services. Such cooperation however, would not run smoothly unless Indonesia made work visas easier for Indian nationals to obtain, she said.

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