The French DG Treasury helps companies expand internationally through the FASEP (Fund for Studies and Assistance to the Private Sector), a grant towards feasibility studies or proof-of-concept for innovative technologies. A mechanism aimed at supporting internationalization, it is offered upstream from infrastructure projects and enables companies to demonstrate the effectiveness of their methods and gain a reference in their partner country.
Indonesia making major investments to develop e-government
It is within the framework of an e-government development plan that the Indonesian Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies (Kominfo) has been entrusted with the development of the State’s digital infrastructure. This plan is part of a five-year strategy initiated in 2015 by Indonesia and revolves around several key issues:
- standardizing information within government agencies;
- rationalizing government investments in digital technology;
- enabling universal access to these tools throughout the country, which consists of more than 17,000 islands spread across 3 time zones.
In response, Kominfo has launched multiple investment projects, in particular in PPP format, for a national fiber optic network and satellite. Kominfo has also decided to finance the construction of data centers through foreign donors. It was in this context that it turned to France, which offered FASEP (Fund for Studies and Assistance to the Private Sector) funding.
The FASEP is divided into two categories: FASEP Studies and FASEP Green Innovation. FASEP Studies, which France offered to Kominfo, is now being used to fund a feasibility study. Working as closely as possible to the project’s implementation ground (drafting tender documents), its aim is to bring about a project with high French added value.
The FASEP helped the government precisely define its needs and propose an appropriate technical solution
Conducted in six months by Sofrecom, this study enlisted the help of French and Indonesian experts. It was finalized in September 2018 and made it possible to:
- assess existing capacity and data storage requirements within the ministries, public agencies and local authorities;
- develop a data center project technically capable of storing existing data, absorbing growing needs in the coming years and ensuring the security of this data;
- assess the cost of the investment;
- prepare the terms of reference for a future call for tenders.