Cibinong – BRIN Public Relations. “The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) must be present to support regional development and acceleration of the people’s economy, especially micro enterprises and utilization of Indonesia’s natural resources, which are largely not explored. Currently, BRIN has a Deputy for Regional Research and Innovation Policy which is the main partner of the regional government, and serves as a reference for regional research and innovation bodies that are in the process of being formed in various regions,” said the Head of BRIN, Laksana Tri Handoko when giving a speech at the Prof. Talks webinar under the theme ‘The Role of Technology in Accelerating Regional Development through People’s Economic Development’, on Thursday (17/3).

Handoko added, in accordance with its duties and functions, BRIN needs to directly implement technology and results of research in the community, in this case BRIN’s technology and research results. This is carried out in the context of utilizing natural resources in potential areas, although of course it is not easy to do. This requires a strategy that matches the natural resources, social, political, and cultural conditions of the relevant area.

He believes that the topics discussed in the Prof. Talks edition this time are very relevant and can be a common reference for local governments. The speakers are very qualified to convey ideas, and provide different perspectives to help the regional economy through science and technology interventions performed wisely.

Meanwhile, Bambang Subiyanto, a Professor of Research in the Field of Forest Product Processing Technology at the Biological and Environmental Research Organization – BRIN, explained that implementation of technology in regions is not easy.

“Researchers and entrepreneurs are like water on taro leaves. They need mediation to meet. Therefore, it is necessary to accelerate commercialization through construction of a Science Techno Park as a forum to prepare and implement the technology,” said Bambang.

Bambang also explained that the key to successful implementation of technology in regions is local government’s full support, including continuous assistance from researchers, both in term of technology and management.

In addition, Bambang reminded that before applying a technology, it is necessary to do techno-economic and social study. This is to determine the readiness of the local human resources to accept technology transfer from our institution.

On the other hand, Mulyadi, a Research Professor in Political Sociology from the Council of Experts of the House of Representatives of RI explained three causes of low success of development in regions. These are low community empowerment, low community participation and inclusion policies.

“The solution to this problem is to do the opposite. First, accommodate all community interests by considering the interests and capabilities of local communities in managing technology-based natural resources. Second, involve the community more in the process of policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Third, increase community empowerment,” said Mulyadi.

Furthermore, Mulyadi also added, what we need to remember in efforts to empower communities through technology is the need to adjust natural resources in their respective regions. This is crucial, because technology cannot be implemented if it is not in accordance with the regional potentials. (sa).