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‘Where are results?’: Jokowi criticizes Indonesia’s R&D institutions

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, December 3, 2019   /  02:04 pm
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo makes a phone call at the Presidential Palace. (Twitter/@jokowi)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Monday that the government is still focusing on infrastructure and human capital development before advancing research and development. Before allocating more state funding to research, the President said research institutions should be revamped to make sure their output could be used by industries. “If we take a measure from our GDP [gross domestic product], the percentage for research and development is still very small even though the figure is about Rp 26 trillion [US$1.8 billion] per year. “What I’m asking is, where are the results? It should have an end result that is useful for people, small industries and the country,” he said at Merdeka Palace. Jokowi said the establishment of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) should be the center for Indonesia’s innovation and he would ...