Gov’t to Strengthen Research, Innovation for Advanced Indonesia 2045 Vision
The Indonesian Government has strengthened its commitment to improve national research and innovation in a bid to realize its vision of Advanced Indonesia by 2045.
At the opening the 2021 Research and Innovation National Coordination Meeting on Thursday (28/1), Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto stated that there were several strategies that need to be developed to improve national research and innovation system.
First, he said, is establishing a strong research and innovation ecosystem as a solid foundation for the growth and development of innovations in Indonesia.
According to the Minister, this can be achieved by improving and intensifying the triple helix of technology research and innovation through cooperation between stakeholders.
In addition, Ministry of Research and Technology/the National Agency for Research and Innovation (BRIN) and other relevant Ministries/Institutions can utilize various National Strategic Projects (PSN) as a mode for technology transfer to strengthen the competence of research institutions and innovation, he added.
Second, completing innovation system regulations and policies that support the improvement of the National Innovation Science and Technology system and developing appropriate regulations and incentives to encourage a culture of research and innovation.
“The Government is also committed to using domestic innovation products, including through the procurement of goods that are prioritized for domestic innovation products, as well as implementation of the super deduction tax which can reach 300 percent for companies concerned about the development of research and innovation,” he said.
Third, strengthening economic digitalization to improve supply chains and logistics by improving the commercialization of research and innovation.
According to the Minister, the process towards digital transformation will also create market forces and natural resources belonging to Indonesia.
“The current digitalization market is worth US$40 billion and this will increase to US$125 billion in 2024. So we have natural resources in the upstream, and there is digitalization in the downstream,” Airlangga said.
The Government, Airlangga added, also believes that research and innovation products will significantly drive economic movement and business actors in increasing productivity and creating jobs.
Airlangga further said that a commitment is vital to strengthening the national innovation system. The national innovation development strategy, he added, also needs to focus more on innovations that are of Indonesia’s excellence compared to other countries as well as develop a creative future generation with an innovator spirit.
“We can also make the most of the diaspora as part and assets of a global network by providing the widest possible space for them to be creative. This will be an entry point for innovation from Indonesia into the global supply chain,” he stated.
The Minister also mentioned on providing solutions through research and innovation development for various problems faced by the nation as a disaster-prone country, while citing the Indonesia Tsunami Early Warning System developed by Ministry of Research and Technology as an innovation result.
“We also need to map and synergize the innovation technology science community to build this disaster warning and response by paying attention to the disaster hazard map,” he added.
On the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of research and innovation products have been successfully developed domestically, including the BPPT35-LEN ventilator, GeNose C19 screening tool, the Cepad Antigen Test, and the development of the Merah-Putih Vaccine (which will be used for national vaccination in 2022, thereby reducing the need to import vaccines).
Airlangga also urged the public to join in the efforts to create innovations. (PR of Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs/UN) (FI/EP)