Jakarta, BRIN Public Relations – The G20 event is used by the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) to strengthen research and innovation collaboration. Head of BRIN, Laksana Tri Handoko, said that the G20 event will be used to improve research collaboration with the G20 member countries.

“The member countries of the G20 are advanced in science and technology. That is why we want to take advantage of and encourage acceleration of research and innovation in our country,” he said when interviewed by Pro 3 RRI in the program of Indonesia Menyapa, Wednesday (2/3).

According to Handoko, research is universal and global, so it requires many parties to improve research capacity and competence in Indonesia. Therefore, BRIN prepares a Research and Innovation Initiative Gathering (RIIG) meeting in the G20 event. “This is an initiative meeting like the one held in Italy last year, as the medium to improve research and innovation,” he said.

Handoko explained that in establishing research collaboration with the G20 countries, BRIN will focus on two things. First, improving research collaboration through sharing resources, both infrastructure and budget. Second, focusing on strengthening research collaboration that utilize biodiversity research, both land and sea.

“We have large capital there (biodiversity). I am sure this will be of interest to the G20 countries and this is also our effort to take advantage of our natural resource potentials to be used for the prosperity of our country. If we do not use it, it is just a potential,” he explained.

Moreover, the focus of discussion in the G20 is climate change, pandemics, and economic improvement. From the research side, he is of the opinion that biodiversity can encourage improvement of climate change. For example, he said, coral reefs and mangroves are very important in absorbing CO2. According to him, this is important to be explored further and will be profitable for Indonesia.

Handoko admitted, from the research aspect, Indonesia is still far below them (the G20 member countries). That is why he offers biodiversity-based research collaboration at the G20 meeting. ‘This is because there are still a lot of unexplored biological wealth. Research requires large resources, and cannot be done alone,” he explained.

“I am sure that the G20 countries have the same interests. This is what we are building to improve research competition in Indonesia. We strive for accelerating and minimizing the research gap with developed countries. Through joint research we can learn, so that our competence and capacity will be much better,” he said,

In this collaboration, Handoko emphasizes equality as the basis for collaboration that will continue to be maintained. Moreover, with the existence of BRIN, he is more confident, because the agency has integrated research resources.

According to Handoko, the issue of research budget is not seen from it being sufficient or not, the most important thing is to optimize the budget. More importantly, human resources and infrastructure need to be strengthened, one of which is by establishing collaboration with those that are far more advanced.

“With collaboration, we share resources and risks. With collaboration, our capacity will also be greater to be able to accelerate and explore biodiversity-based research in Indonesia,” he concluded. (jml)