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Jakarta Post

In need of innovation: Ma’ruf calls on researchers to take country forward

  • Made Anthony Iswara


Jakarta   /   Thu, August 13 2020   /  01:00 am
Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro (left) and Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) head Hammam Riza (second left) check on a mobile biosafety level-2 laboratory in Jakarta on June 16, 2020. The laboratory is built by the BPTT and the national COVID-19 task force on research and technological innovation (TFRIC-19) to ramp up the country’s capacity in detecting COVID-19.(Courtesy of/BPPT)

The 25th National Technology Awakening Day on Tuesday was a call to researchers to spur innovation so that the country could solve the problems and challenges it faced independently, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has said. Ma’ruf cited data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)  that show Indonesia only has 89 researchers for every 1 million people, far less than Vietnam with 682 researchers per 1 million population, despite allocating more money than the fellow Southeast Asian to research and development. He said only a few innovators had been able to commercialize their innovations. “I hope that this year’s commemoration can inspire researchers and other innovators to create more homemade innovations, especially in preventing and handling the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. “For those who haven&...