PRESS RELEASE

THE NATIONAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AGENCY

Number: 25/SP/HM/BKPUK/III/2022

 

Indonesia has abundant natural resources (SDA), and most of these natural resources are in regions. As up to now, utilization of these natural resources is still very limited and not yet utilized optimally. Optimizing acceleration of regional development must be done by involving technology and using results of research to develop the economy. To find out more about the implementation of technology in developing the regional economy, the Council of Research Professors of the National Research and Innovation Agency held a Prof Talks webinar on “The Role of Technology in Accelerating Regional Development through People’s Economic Development” on Thursday, March 17, 2022.

 

Jakarta, March 17, 2022. Presidential Regulation Number 59 of 2017 concerning Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), article 2 stipulates achievement of the goals by among others continuing development of the economy in order to improve people’s welfare, and maintain the sustainability of people’s social life.

With regard to the goals of SDG, Head of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) Laksana Tri Handoko firmly stated that BRIN must be present and play a role in supporting the government. Efforts to implement the results of research in the context of utilizing natural resources in regions are one of BRIN’s concerns, in addition to developing technology-based new businesses (SMEs) which is a big challenge for the nation’s economic advancement.

“In accordance with the duties and functions of BRIN, it is necessary to apply the technology and results of research directly on the community, especially BRIN technology and research results in the context of utilizing natural resources in potential areas. This of course is not easy though,” he said. “So we need a strategy that suits the conditions of natural, social, political and cultural resources of an area,” he continued.

Meanwhile, Bambang Subiyanto, Professor of Research in the Field of Forest Product Processing Technology at the Biological and Environmental Research Organization – BRIN, said that development must always be oriented to people’s welfare. People’s welfare is the parameter of the local government’s success. Regional autonomy should be carried out as broadly as possible by utilizing the natural resources for the greatest prosperity of the people. “However, without a good strategy for utilizing natural resources, improving people’s welfare will be difficult to achieve,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Mulyadi, Professor of Research in Political Sociology from the Expert Body of the House of Representatives of R.I, said that Indonesia is a country with enormous natural resource potential, but unfortunately the condition is not linear with the welfare of its people. He said according to BPS, as of September 2021, there were 26.5 million poor people and most of them live in rural areas.

“One way to overcome the problem of poverty is by formulating policies which inclusively involve the people. This active community participation is not only through conventional formal mechanisms but by utilizing digital technology, for example the social media. However, we hope that use of technology is not limited only to policy formulation but also natural resource management. The goal is to improve the welfare of people, especially those who live in rural areas,” explained Mulyadi. The webinar, hosted by R. Siti Zuhro, M.A, a Research Professor in Political Science – BRIN, is expected to provide inputs for the development of academics’ knowledge and solutions to the problem of using technology for economic development. This also as an inspiration to develop the technology-based economy in regions by utilizing potential local natural resources and increasing the awareness of local governments and business actors in regions to utilize their natural resources which have the potential as technology-based raw materials.