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Investing in R&D

Employees walk into the Research and Technology Ministry's office in Jakarta on April 11, 2021.(Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)
Editorial board (The Jakarta Post)
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Jakarta   ●   Fri, April 16 2021

For many, the government’s decision to merge the Research and Technology Ministry with the Education and Culture Ministry to make way for the establishment a new ministry focusing on investment sends a wrong message that the government does not treasure science and innovation. Which may not be the case, because the government has not disclosed in detail its new plan to promote research and development.

For sure, the mandate to oversee research will go to the National Research Agency (BRIN), which was established at the start of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second term in 2019 as an integral part of the Research Ministry. BRIN will now become an independent state agency, but it remains unclear how it works under the new circumstances.

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