Bengkulu, 24 AUGUST 2022 -- The implementation of Smart Provinces and the digitization of public services are crucial in this year's economic recovery period. This will support transparency of regional financial transactions, governance, and integration of financial management systems in optimizing regional revenues. In addition, digitization is believed to encourage the development of public digital payment transactions, realize financial inclusion, and increase economic integration and national digital finance.
PT Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. or BNI (stock code: BBNI) as a pioneer in digital banking, is in collaboration with Bengkulu Provincial Government in using banking service facilities and support for the Smart Province Program. BNI also directly collaborated with PT Cybers Global Indonesia in terms of support for the Smart Province Program and the Use of Banking Service Facilities.
The signing of this mutual agreement was carried out by Bengkulu Province Governor, Rohidin Mersyah, together with BNI Services and Networks Director, Ronny Venir. At the beginning of this strategic step, BNI also signed a joint agreement with PT Cybers Global Indonesia Vice President, Braman Setyo in Bengkulu, Wednesday (24/08/2022).
Rohidin Mersyah said the steps for implementing the Smart The province system in local governments are in line with Presidential Decree (Keppres) No. 3 of 2021. Formation of the Task Force for the Acceleration and Expansion of Regional Digitization (Satgas P2DD), as well as strategic steps by banks, business actors and local governments would be able to encourage electronification of local government transactions, to support the development of community digital payment transactions.
"We appreciate BNI and Cyber Global who are proactive with the local government in building a smart province and digitizing community services which in the future we hope will be able to make Bengkulu a province that has a regional financial transaction system, governance, and integration of a transparent financial management system. In the end, we hope that this step will also be able to encourage the development of community digital payment transactions to realizing inclusive finance to increase economic integration, and digital finance," he said.
BNIServices and Networks Director, Ronny Venir said, the implementation of Smart Province is also a form of BNI's support to all district and city governments towards 100 Smart Cities which is a joint program of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of PUPR, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Bappenas, and the Office of the Presidential Staff.
This movement aims to guide Regencies/Cities in preparing Smart City Masterplans so that they can maximize the use of technology, both in improving public services and accelerating the potential that exists in each region.
"We thank Bengkulu Provincial Government for giving BNI the opportunity to contribute more to the governance and development of the digital economy in Bengkulu. We are committed to providing comprehensive financial solutions, in accordance with BNI's goal to become your financial banking partner. This is also in line with the spirit of BNI Go Digital, where the company offers many conveniences for Bengkulu Provincial Government Civil Servants, including BNI Taplus with mobile banking facilities, BNI Griya through online mortgage applications, subsidized home loan facilities and insurance products from BNI Life, "he added.
As for, Ronny explained, BNI has BNI Smart City program which is also in line with the spirit of Smart Province to help local governments to use information technology in building a digital-based ecosystem in carrying out regional financial management to suit the objectives of smart province. In implementing Smart Province in Bengkulu, BNI also collaborates with PT Bank Pembangunan Daerah Bengkulu.
Not only financial governance aspects, BNI will also help bring together various stakeholders in building a smart ecosystem with a broad scope both in government, business, and consumer.
As for the scope of this collaboration, are among others, smart government for local government financial system information management solutions, solutions for receiving various types of taxes or income, and payment solutions.
Furthermore, the smart economy which includes the market ecosystem, agricultural ecosystem, fisherman ecosystem, BUMDES ecosystem and BNI Xpora program for MSMEs Go Global. There is also a smart society which includes the tourism ecosystem, health ecosystem, and education ecosystem. Lastly is the smart environment which includes the Let's Save with Waste program, and proper and correct waste management.