June 21, 2020, 08.03 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia’s Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Erick Thohir believes that the coronavirus pandemic will change lifestyles and pave the way for a more widespread adoption of digital technology.

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on global economies and has required societies to adopt new ways of living.

Erick Thohir highlighted that the pandemic will especially affect how business is normally conducted.

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His assessment is based on a survey that was conducted by an international organization.

“From the survey of 500 of the biggest companies, 75 percent of the CEOs are certain that the coronavirus pandemic will force everyone to go digital,” said Erick Thohir during the ‘Ngopi Yuk’ event on June 18.

As such, Indonesians will have to adapt to this new habit in order to remain competitive amid the backdrop of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

“We have to be more adaptive, all of us. Even when we find a vaccine, we’ll need to adjust to a new lifestyle,” said Erick Thohir.

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The coronavirus pandemic should be used as a momentum for Indonesians to push for change particularly in the country’s approach to managing supply chains.

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