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Jakarta Post

Scientists cast doubt on jobs law innovation claims

  • Made Anthony Iswara


Jakarta   /   Tue, October 20 2020   /  01:00 am
Menteri Riset dan Teknologi / Kepala Badan Riset Teknologi Inovasi Nasional (BRIN) Bambang Brodjonegoro berjalan usai melakukan pertemuan di gedung KPK, Jakarta, Selasa (16/6/2020). Pertemuan tersebut membahas mengenai hal terkait pendanaan penelitian riset teknologi inovasi guna mencegah terjadinya tindak pidana korupsi. (Antara/Muhammad Adimaja)

The government was proud to announce that the Job Creation Law would encourage more applied research, and later innovation, but scientists said it would not work well if Indonesia did not pay more attention to basic research. Research and Technology Minister and National Research Agency (BRIN) head Bambang Brodjonegoro said last week that the law would help “downstream research”, government jargon for making research applicable for commercial purposes through greater participation of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and regional institutions. “With [easier] research and innovation downstreaming, coupled with economic digitization and encouragement to spur start-ups, the ministry believes we can accelerate our economic leverage, including creating new jobs, which would overcome unemployment and poverty,” said Bambang, as quoted by the ministry’s press rel...