Prabowo wants to build a cellphone factory, Ganjar reveals the fact: Semarang already has one

18/04/2024

In the fifth presidential candidate debate which took place at the Jakarta Convention Center, Sunday (4/2/2024) evening, presidential candidate number 3, Ganjar Pranowo, responded to a statement from presidential candidate number 2, Prabowo Subianto, regarding the need for Indonesia to have its own cellphone factory. Ganjar revealed that Indonesia, especially Semarang, Central Java, already has an operating cellphone factory, namely the Advan Factory, which marks the first step in the national private gadget industry.

“We have a private industry for gadgets, the factory is in Semarang, the prices are affordable, cheaper,” said Ganjar, refuting the assumption that Indonesia does not yet have its own cellphone production capacity. The Advan factory, with a production capacity of 30 thousand units per day, is proof that Indonesia is able to compete in the gadget industry.

Furthermore, Ganjar suggested that products from the factory be included in the government’s e-catalog, so that they can be more easily accessed and supported by the government. He also touched on the potential for developing a computer factory through an assignment to PT Len Industri (Persero), with the vision of making computers and laptops that cost no more than IDR 1 million.

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The factory, belonging to the Advan brand, has been operating since the early 2000s, initially as an assembly plant, and then developed into a tablet PC and smartphone manufacturer since 2012.

Ganjar’s statement emphasizes that Indonesia has its own information technology manufacturing capabilities, although there are still challenges in facing the dominance of foreign brands, especially from China.

This debate highlights the importance of social welfare and human resource (HR) development, with a focus on education, health, employment and culture, as well as information technology.

Facing this reality, it is important for Indonesia to continue to encourage innovation and development of domestic products, not only to meet local market needs but also to strengthen the country’s position in the global digital economy. Initiatives such as the Advan factory in Semarang could be the first step in Indonesia’s long journey towards information and communications technology sovereignty.

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