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Jakarta Post

Without innovation, we are going nowhere

  • Muhammad Fajar Nugraha


Jakarta   /   Tue, August 13, 2019   /  09:32 am
Without innovation, we are going nowhere Without innovation, Indonesia could be trapped in its dream of becoming a developed country. (Shutterstock/Olivier Le Moal)

Since we entered the digital age, the global economy has been transforming from commodity-based industries to knowledge-based industries. The future economic leaders are countries that excel in innovation and research and development (R and D). Meanwhile countries that still only rely on raw commodity trades and old-way manufacturing will be sluggish in creating high-value added products and jobs, let alone in generating sustainable growth. Innovation is critical for Indonesia to achieve its dream to become a developed nation by 2045, 100 years since it gained independence. In the 2020 to 2024 national development plan, the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) describes a big dream that science and technology capabilities and innovations would increase in 2025, turning Indonesia into a research powerhouse that produces highly competitive R and D products that are oriente...

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