Date
15 December 2019
Indonesia aims to have a flatter civil service structure in a bid to reduce red tape, Joko Widodo says. Photo: Reuters
Indonesia aims to have a flatter civil service structure in a bid to reduce red tape, Joko Widodo says. Photo: Reuters

Indonesia aims to replace some top civil service jobs with AI

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he has ordered government agencies to remove two ranks of public servants in 2020 and replace their roles with artificial intelligence, Reuters reports.

To reduce bureaucracy, Widodo said the current top four tiers in government agencies will be flattened to two next year.

“I have ordered my minister (of administrative and bureaucratic reform) to replace them with AI. Our bureaucracy will be faster with AI,” Widodo was quoted as saying on Thursday, referring to artificial intelligence.

He made the remarks in a room full of leaders of big companies as he laid out a second-term agenda aimed at changing the structure of Indonesia’s economy by reducing its reliance on natural resources, the report said.

Widodo did not provide further details, including any guidance on which specific roles would be removed or how the technology would be used.

The president, whose new five-year term began last month after winning an election in April, said Indonesia should transition to higher-end manufacturing, such as electric vehicles.

As such transformation would require foreign investment, Widodo said he will improve the business climate by fixing dozens of overlapping rules and cutting red tape.

The government will hand over to parliament a bill on tax reforms next month and another bill addressing labor issues, Widodo said.

Political parties in Widodo’s ruling coalition control 74 percent of the seats in parliament, making it easy for his administration to push through legislation, Reuters noted.

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