Jakarta, BRIN Public Relations. The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) has formed a Governance, Economic, and People’s Welfare Governance Research Organization (TKPEKM RO). The TKPEKM RO oversees 6 Research Centers (RC), namely Macroeconomics and Finance RC, Domestic Government RC, Social Welfare, Villages and Connectivity RC, Macroeconomics and Finance RC, Cooperatives, Corporate and People’s Economy RC, Behavioral and Circular Economics RC, and Industrial Economics, Services and Trade RC.

Head of BRIN’s TKPEKM RO, Agus Eko Nugroho, stated that there are four important pillars in research and innovation at TKPEKM RO, namely knowledge-based economy, green economy, blue economy, and inclusive economy.

“TKPEKM RO is expected to become the Center of excellence with global standards, namely multi/inter-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder collaboration, global academic recognition, and national and regional policy references,” said Agus at a Research Collaboration and Sharing event, in Jakarta, Monday (14/03).

According to Agus, the rumah program (program home) is the initial capital (workspace) managed to achieve the program performance. The TKPEKM RO’s strategic goal of increasing production of global standard-knowledge is achieved by improving the quality of human resources and productivity of research human resources with global orientation, and strengthening the flagship and global research networks.

“While the main pillars in achieving the program of Indonesia Gold 2045, Agus continued, are economic competitiveness and inclusiveness, good and proper governance, and effective community empowerment,” said Agus.

Agus further emphasized that, TKPEKM RO has the target of becoming the problem solver for the Indonesia 2045 vision, national economic recovery, and achievement of SDG. The challenge is how to achieve the target by creating research that can be applied and has the power of knowledge production at the global level.

“This RO will develop productive research for the development of the economy in general and improve the governance of the nation with the aim of achieving better public welfare,” Agus asserted.

Dissemination related to TKPEKM RO is strengthened by presentation from each Head of RC who explains the focus of their respective RC research. This presentation will help raise the national strategic issues.

Six Focuses of Research Centers at TKPEKM

The Domestic Government RC covers studies and research related to the fields of domestic government and regional autonomy such as decentralization, regional autonomy, special autonomy, local government management, district and sub-district governance, and digital governance.

“Currently, the Domestic Government RC has prepared around 17 themes for research proposals. Research collaboration is currently in the coordination and communication stage with several institutions, namely the Univ of California, Univ of Queensland, James Cook University, Regional Council of RI, BKN, Ministry of Home Affairs, and BRIN Deputy for Regional Research and Innovation,” explained Acting Head of Domestic Government RC, Mardyanto Wahyu Tryatmoko.

Acting Head of BRIN’s Social Welfare, Villages and Connectivity RC, Badrun Susantyo, said that the RC he leads covers studies and research related to the fields of resilience and social protection and poverty; mental development, community culture and nationalism; social inclusiveness; strengthening of marginal groups; connectivity between/inter regions, rural areas, and 3TP (Underdeveloped, Outermost, Frontier and Border Regions); human resource capacity, community institution system and strengthening; investment, partnership and local community creativity; utilization of technology, local wisdom and village innovation; sustainable development-based spatial planning.

The Macroeconomic and Finance RC covers studies and research related to the fiscal sector; monetary; finance and philanthropy (social finance); international economy; investment; manpower; Islamic economics and finance.

“Ongoing research includes strengthening of digital economy, strengthening of digitization for SMEs, strengthening of micro-credit programs for SMEs, evaluation of impact of Micro Loan on SMEs, and utilization of social finance,” explained Acting Head of BRIN Macroeconomics and Finance RC, Muhammad Soekarni.

The Cooperatives, Corporations and People’s Economy RC covers studies and research related to the field of economic enterprises of cooperatives; corporation; ultra micro, micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs); and sharia empowerment.

“This Research Center is very important to synergize economic activities among people’s economic enterprises, cooperatives and corporations, so that it becomes an empowering economic link,” said Acting Head of BRIN’s Cooperatives, Corporations and People’s Economy RC, Irwanda Wisnu Wardana.

Acting Head of BRIN’s Behavioral and Circular Economics RC, I Gede Mahatma Yuda Bakti said that this RC covers the government’s important agenda in conducting studies and research related to the behavior of economic actors in responding to changes in the linear economy to a circular economy, blue and green economy, the environment, energy, water and sustainable natural resource management, carbon market development, food security, and climate change.

Then the Industrial Economics, Service and Trade RC covers research and studies related to the fields of industrial economics, service and trade.

“The output target is to produce new knowledge to strengthen and accelerate growth of the industrial, service and trade sectors that are competitive, inclusive and sustainable,” concluded Acting Head of BRIN’s Industrial Economics RC, Zamroni. (suhe/ed: drs, tnt).