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Jakarta Post

Indonesia to increase R&D budget

  • Erwida Maulia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 22 2010   /  09:21 am

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said Indonesia wanted to boost innovation in science and technology in the coming years with the government to continue increasing the budget allocation for such in the state expenditure.For 2010, the Indonesian government has only allocated Rp 1.9 trillion (approximately US$205 million) or less than 1 percent of the total state expenditure for research and development.Yudhoyono said, however, that this was almost double the Rp 1 trillion allocated in 2005.“The government will continue to increase the budget percentage to reach an adequate figure,” he said Wednesday during a forum with the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) and the local science and technology communities at the Science and Technology Application Center in Serpong, Banten.To further boost the country’s research and development in various fields, the President unveiled his p...