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Jakarta Post

Reshuffle marks new era of research, innovation

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President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo (left) congratulates newly inaugurated Education, Culture, Research and Technology Minister Nadiem Makarim (right) and Investment Minister/Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Bahlil Lahadalia (center) after their inauguration ceremony at the State Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday. The President also inaugurated Laksana Tri Handoko as head of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN).(Handout/Presidential Secretariat/Rusman)
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano
Jakarta   ●   Thu, April 29, 2021

A minor Cabinet reshuffle resulting from the establishment of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) as an independent state body and the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) as a ministry has ushered in a new era of science and innovation for Indonesia, in which scientists are expected to contribute more to economic development.

In his second Cabinet shake-up during the pandemic, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo appointed on Wednesday Nadiem Makarim as the education, culture, research and technology minister. The 36-year-old former CEO of Gojek, the youngest person ever to lead the education and culture ministry, was given an expanded job scope after the President abolished the research and technology ministry to make way for the appointment of a new minister specially tasked with attracting investment.

The President also inaugurated Laksana ...

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