Beijing, 12 April 2018, HE Minister Mohamad Nasir participated in the launching of China ASEAN Year of Innovation at Shang Rila Hotel.

HE Minister Wang Zhigang, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the People Republic of China (PR China), in his remarks appreciated all HE ASEAN Ministers or their representatives,  who attending the inauguration of China ASEAN YoI.

Senior Minister Koh Poh Koon, the State Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore, the Republic of Singapore and
Minister Prof. Borviengkham Vongdara, the Ministry of Science and Technology, Lao PDR, were also congratulated MOST PR China for  their successful in hosting this spectacular event this year.

HE Minister Nasir began his statement by expressing his appreciation especially to HE Minister Wang Zhigang, the Minister for Science and Technology (MOST), the People Republic of China (PR China) for his generosity and excellent arrangement, provided to the Indonesian delegation, so they all could participate in this important forum.

This forum is the sign for the awakening of innovation amongst ASEAN Countries and one of its superb dialogue partners, the PR China.

Indonesia as one of the founding fathers of ASEAN and the active member of ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (ASEAN COST), is aware that a new ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI) was launched in 2016, to be implemented in the period of 2016 – 2025.  This important APASTI policy guidelines is the soul of ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation development.  Indeed, it should be followed by ASEAN Countries and its Dialogue Partners. Therefore Indonesia supports the vision of APASTI 2016 – 2025 (“A Science, Technology and Innovation–enabled ASEAN, which is innovative, competitive, vibrant and economically integrated”.

To support the APASTI, Indonesia has implemented the awareness of STI effectively, since the last two decades, by conducting the National Technology Awakening Days (HAKTEKNAS), on the 10th of August every year.  Indonesia even hosted the 9th ASEAN ST Week in relation with the Hakteknas-19 in Bogor from 18-25 August 2014.

This year, the 23rd of HAKTEKNAS (HAKTEKNAS-23), 10th August 2018, will be commemorated in Pekanbaru, Riau, Sumatera Island, Indonesia for a week, then Minister Nasir took this opportunity for inviting the ASEAN and Chinese colleagues from the ASEAN China COST communities.

Every year, Indonesia invites the ASEAN Countries plus ASEAN Dialogue Partners, through their Embassies in Jakarta, Indonesia.  However, as today is so special, I am inviting all of you directly, to participate in the HAKTEKNAS-23 in Indonesia.

The event of HAKTEKNAS is showing that Indonesia is in a serious program for increasing awareness of the STI implementation, from the bottom of the pyramid, as the MoRTHE invites young students, either from junior and senior high schools up to the university students, as well as common Indonesia society, so they could witness the Indonesian STI achievements. Moreover,  by having this direct interactive exposure, Indonesia believes that more numbers of Indonesian youths will aware on the important of STI, for the national and regional development.

Minister Nasir also informed the audience that
Indonesian scientists have established their active research and development collaboration with ASEAN Scientists, through nine of sub committees (SC) in the field of:

1. Biotechnology (SCB),
2. Food Science and Technology (SCFST),
3. Infrastructure and Resource Development (SCIRD),
4.Meteorology and Geophysics (SCMG), 5. Microelectronic and Information Technology (SCMIT),
6. Marine and Science Technology (SCMSAT),
7.Material Science Technology (SCMST),
8. Sustainable Energy Research (SCSER) and
9. Space Application and Technology (SCOSA).

The Indonesian MoRTHE also considered the important of commercializing the RD results, techno-entrepreneurship programs, as well as having several numbers of national centers of science and technology center of excellences (Pusat Unggulan Iptek – PUI), may leverage the collaboration amongst such centers and the ASEAN Centers of Excellences.

In synergy with the APASTI Goals 2016 – 2025, HE Minister Nasir introduced the Indonesian Science, Technology and Higher Education (STHE) Policy 2015 – 1019 to the ASEAN China delegates.

The Ministry has a vision which is to “Support national competitiveness through creation of higher quality education combined with science & technology, and innovation capability”.

In order to achieve such vision, the Ministry has implemented two important missions:

# Improving access, relevancy, and quality of higher education to produce qualified human resource; and

# Improving innovation and science & technology capability to add value of their product.

The ten  priority areas in the RIRN (National Research Master Plan) are as follows:

1. Agriculture and Food;
2. Energy, New and Renewable Energy;
3. Health and Medicine;
4. Information and Communication;
6. Defence and Security;
7.Advance Material;
8. Maritime;
9.Disaster Management; and
10. Socio Humaniora-Art and Culture and Education

During the ceremony,  HE Minister Nasir also highlighted the ‘ASEAN China Plan of Action: the Joint Declarations on ASEAN China Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity (2016-2020)’.

To implement the ASEAN China Plan of Action and Joint Declaration, under the framework of regional and bilateral cooperation; Indonesia and China, in the last three years (2015 – 2018) already agreed to implement twelve (12) signed agreements, where eight of it, are related with the Science, Technology and Innovation cooperation.

Those 8  agreements are implementing arrangements and plan of actions on:

1. Co-establishment Indonesia-China Joint Laboratory.

2. Co-establishment Indonesia-China Technology Transfer Center (focal point LIPI)

3. Scientist Exchange Program (focal point KSKP – MoRTHE).

4. Co-establishing Indonesia-China Joint Laboratory on Biotechnology (focal point BPPT).

5. Co-establishing Indonesia-China Joint Laboratory on High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor (focal point BATAN)

6. Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation 2018-2020 (focal point KSKP-MoRTHE).

7. Co-Establishing Indonesia China Joint Research Center for Port Construction and Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (focal point ITB).

8. Cooperation in Science Techno Parks (STP) (focal point DG K/L-MoRTHE).

In addition, Minister Nasir also informed the audience that the MoRTHE Indonesia hosted the 1st Indonesia China Science, Technology, and Innovation Forum on last 2017, back-to-back with the Indonesia – PR China High Level People of Exchange Mechanism (HLPEM-3).

Therefore, Indonesia proposed that such bilateral commitments could be expanded into the regional cooperation of ASEAN China STI collaboration, as long as the ASEAN scientific communities would have the common interests, to develop those priorities into the regional programs.

Lastly,  HE Minister Nasir stated that Indonesia is on the believe that ASEAN and China together, will successfully lead the development of Science, Technology and Innovation in  the region, and for this, I would like to congratulate China and Singapore in launching the ASEAN China Year of Innovation today, and Indonesia commits to support this prestigious program.

”Selamat Berinovasi” (Indonesian language),
“Congratulation for the Year of Innovation” (English)
(Chinese Language)

The event was also attended by other Indonesian delegates from the MoRTHE (DG Jumain Appe,  SA Hari Purwanto),  BPPT (DC Eniya and Sinung), LIPI (acting chairman Bambang Subiyanto, DC LT Handoko,  Zainal Arifin)  and Educational Attache Priyanto and Rukmini representative of the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing, as well as Mr Xie Chengsuo,  ST Attache from MOST,  Chinese Embassy in Jakarta.