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Indonesia prepares new agency to bolster research and innovation

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, October 29, 2019   /  07:07 am
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Schoolchildren visit a booth displaying the Budi Luhur Smart Trash Bin (BLAST), a prototype trash can with ultrasonic sensor to detect movement, during the 2019 Puspiptek Innovation Festival in South Tangerang, Banten, on Oct. 4. (Sausan Atika/Sausan Atika)

The government has gone full throttle in establishing a new research agency that will focus on integrating research and innovation efforts conducted across the archipelago in a bid to advance scientific research beneficial to the country’s development. The new body, named the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) will have same status as the Research and Technology Ministry in the Indonesia Onward Cabinet. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has appointed Bambang Brodjonegoro to lead the ministry and the agency. Bambang, an old face in Jokowi’s Cabinet having previously served as the National Development Planning Minister/National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) chief, said after being inaugurated last week that he aimed to realize the formation of the new agency as a priority during his first 100 days in office. “Pak Jokowi doesn’t...