The Jakarta Post
Indonesia is set to contribute US$1 million to support scientific development in Southeast Asia, a research ministry official said on Friday at a high-level ASEAN meeting on science in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry secretary-general Ainun Naim said the $1 million fund could be used for a variety of activities, such as capacity-building workshops, training, and joint programs on innovative research.
Ainun represented Indonesia at the 17th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology (AMMST-17), which aims to outline policies based on the 2016-2025 ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI).
In a statement the ministry released on Friday, Ainun said Indonesia was also initiating the establishment of a Southeast Asian Center of Excellence on Disaster Risk Management, Food and Agriculture.
The AMMST-17 is part of the 73rd Meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST-73), which commenced on Oct. 12 in Nay Pyi Taw. Indonesia is scheduled to host the COST meeting in 2019. (ebf)