Tuesday, August 29th, 2017. HE Prof. Mohamad Nasir, Minister for Research, Technology and Higher Education, the Republic of Indonesia received a courtesy call by HE Mr. Valiollah Mohammadi, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the honorable Prof. Saeed Sarkar, Secretary General, the Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC), and Mr. Ali Reza Sohbati, the 1st Secretary, the Iranian Embassy, in his premises.

In his welcoming greetings, HE Minister Nasir expressed his appreciation in meeting with Prof. Saeed Sarkar, the Secretary General, the Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC) for the second time, after the first meeting on 12th April 2017.

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HE Minister Nasir acknowledged the great efforts done by the Ministry of Industry (Kemperin), INIC – Iran, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), the Association of Nanotechnology in Indonesia (MNI), who jointly organized the Indonesia Iran Business Match Making on Nanotechnology, August 29th in Kemperin, Jakarta. The Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education was represented by Mr. Hari Purwanto, Minister Advisor for STHE Infrastructure, who presented the Ministry vision, missions and prospective collaborations in Indonesia.

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HE Minister Nasir said that Indonesia welcomes the bilateral cooperation with Iran, ie in the field of nanotechnology, as some institutes and universities like LIPI and BPPT, as well as UI, ITB and UGM, are known for their awesome RD in nanotechnology as well. Minister Nasir believes that nanotechnology research and its applications among others in health and medicine, ICT, energy, agricultural, and industrial fields, would also contribute to the national economic growth of a Country, like in Iran and Indonesia.

In add to the cooperation in Nanotechnology, Indonesia and Iran bilateral STI cooperation also established cooperation on Earth and Sciences, Health and Medicine, including Stem Cell,
Biotechnology, as well as
Science Technology Parks (STP). The scope of works are including (i) joint research, (ii) joint conferences/workshop/seminars, (iii) capacity building: degree, training, internship, as well as (iv) developing, producing and commercializing joint products, based on the principle of knowledge based society.

Especially for the commercialization nanotechnology products, both Countries may also think on the involvement of the third parties, in the forms of PPP (Public Private Partnership) and the Quadric-helix ABG-C (academician-business-Government-community), so the nano products could be constantly produced in both Countries.

Secretary General of INIC, Prof Saeed Sakar informed that the Iranian achievements in nanotechnology development is now reaching on the sixth rank in the world. Therefore, Indonesia may learn for the strategy on developing the nanotechnology research, as well as for commercializing the nanotechnology products and innovations. He also invited HE Minister Nasir to come to Iran again, for opening the 5th Indonesia – Iran Joint Working Committee (JWC) in Tehran, Iran, 8-11 October 2017 and visiting INIC to witness directly the nanotechnology achievements and products in Iran.

Closing the meeting, HE Minister Nasir welcomed the invitation and believes that more concrete collaborations on nanotechnology between Indonesia and Iran, could be developed and implemented, for the benefit of both Countries.

Attending the Indonesia Iran Courtesy Call and Business Gathering meetings in two different venues were Prof Ali Ghufron Mukti, Director General for STHE Resources, Hari Purwanto, Minister Advisor for STHE Resources, Nada Marsudi Head Bureau, Cooperation and Public Communication, Tri Sundari Head Division on Cooperation , Prof Dr Nurul Taufiqurochman The Director of Innovation Center – LIPI, Nova Febriyani, Suryo Boediono, Rian, Tulus Jogolo Sepuh, Rikian Dua Kurnia, Baginda.

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