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RI pledges $1 million for ASEAN scientific development

  • Moses Ompusunggu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 21, 2017   /   12:39 pm
RI pledges $1 million for ASEAN scientific development Closer cooperation: The 73rd Meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology opened on Oct.17 at the Myanmar International Convention Center 2. Indonesia has put forth its initiatives in a related ASEAN ministerial meeting, including a US$1 million development fund. (ristekdikti.go.id/File)

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)