PRESS RELEASE

THE NATIONAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AGENCY

NO: 039/SP/HM/BKPUK/IV/2022

The Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) through the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Lu Kang conferred the highest award of Chinese Government the Friendship Award to Laksana Tri Handoko, Head of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN). The award was granted to Handoko for the cooperation and collaboration that he had established with several parties, especially in developing research and technology. Initailly, the award was scheduled to be conferred in September 2021 on the Great Wall, but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jakarta, 26 April 2022. Head of BRIN Laksana Tri Handoko said as a new institution that was formed a year ago, BRIN is ready to continue and expand the existing cooperation and collaboration with several former government research institutions such as BPPT, LIPI, LAPAN and BATAN. This award further motivated him as Head of BRIN, to seek to improve and expand research and innovation collaboration at the international level.

“There are many opportunities for develpment of collaboration. We look forward to having more cooperation and collaboration with research institutions in China,” said the Head of BRIN, when receiving a visit from the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Lu Kang at the BJ Habibie Building, Jakarta, Tuesday (26/4).

Handoko explained that China is one of important countries, particularly in research and technology cooperation and collaboration in general. China is very strong in these areas as well other areas to increase and improve research capacity and capability in Indonesia.

Furthermore, Handoko said that currently BRIN is striving to build a research ecosystem through many schemes and programs. Presently BRIN has two major programs, namely the researcher mobility program and the research facilitation scheme program. The researcher mobility program consists of five schemes among others the visiting professors, and post doctoral fellowships.

“This program is open to all researchers, including foreign researchers. We hope that researchers from China can collaborate in this program, as researcher mobility is very important to boost collaboration,” he said.

The second program is research and innovation facilitation for nine research fields including oceanic research and exploration of biodiversity. For this purpose, Handoko invited the People’s Republic of China to become a partner in schemes that BRIN has in addition to exploring and expanding cooperation beyond these schemes. This includes development of research and technology in nuclear and aerospace. “We know that China is strong in these two areas,” he said.

Handoko also expressed his profound gratitude for the award conferred to him. “This is an honor not only for me, but also for BRIN and all Indonesian people. In the future, we hope to continue and deepen our relationship to be more intensive after the formation of BRIN. I am sure BRIN will have more capabilities to support collaboration and strengthen cooperation between researchers from the two countries,” he said

Ambassador Lu Kang said that Indonesia is an ASEAN country and a developing country having an important position with increasing influence in international and regional affairs.

Therefore, he hoped to continue cooperation in the field of research and technology as a form of friendship between the two countries.

“Indonesia and China are countries with not only largest in term of population, but are also large in term of economy. We hope to expand this cooperation in the future,” he concluded.