Mataram- BRIN Public Relations. Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), Teten Masduki, asked that the results of research and innovation reach incubation and downstreaming. This was said at the opening of NTB INOVTEK EXPO 2022, at the Office of the Regional Research and Innovation Agency (BRIDA) of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), Friday (18/03).

According to him, many innovation findings produced by Indonesian citizens stop without any downstreaming process. Teten encourages all Regional Leaders, especially in NTB, to pay attention to those who have successfully made innovations and immediately find solution for downstreaming.

“Innovation findings do not necessarily have to use high technology, the important thing is that the resulting innovations benefit the community,” said Teten.

Teten gave an example, for regions such as NTB, the focus will be on innovations in cultivation and food processing that have direct impact on the welfare of the community. He asked the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) and the Regional Research and Innovation Agency (BRIDA) to link research activities with businesses.

“We have to start incubating ideas from SME actors who want to enter technology development,” he added.

In line with the idea of the Minister of Cooperatives and SME, the Governor of NTB, Zulkieflimansyah sees that NTB needs more facilities that can encourage SMEs to be creative in expressing their ideas to make products that are beneficial to the community. To be able to create something that can be solutions to problems in society, a breakthrough is needed, one of which is by utilizing technology.

“No region can catch up with other regions in development without being accompanied by mastery of technology,” said Zulkieflimansyah.

According to the Governor of NTB, there are many perceptions developing among the community that science and technology are identical with laboratories, experts such as professors, or developed countries. In fact, said Zulkieflimansyah for developing countries, use of technology is a habit that people do to improve their daily performance.

Mastery of technology, continued Zulkieflimansyah, is an effort that is in line with the President’s aspiration to build a hundred science techno parks in Indonesia. “This is an inspiration for BRIN how to establish BRIDA in all provinces in Indonesia,” he continued.

With the existence of BRIDA in all provinces in Indonesia according to Zulkieflimansyah, research and innovation cannot be underestimated or only a part of the R&D of Bappeda. Research, science and technology are key elements of development.

Through the NTB INOVTEK EXPO 2022 exhibition, it is hoped that the community, especially SME actors, will be more involved with research and innovation activities. Without a breakthrough or innovation, the products produced by SME actors will not have added value.

At the NTB INOVTEK EXPO 2022 event, BRIN together with BRIDA showcased their superior products for the public to know. This exhibition is also used as the means to disseminating the results of BRIN and BRIDA research activities to the public.

The exhibition, which involves SME players, is not only held at the BRIDA NTB office, but also at the Mandalika Circuit arena. A total of 27 superior products of BRIN and BRIDA are displayed at the NTB INOVTEK EXPO 2022 at the BRIDA NTB Office, and 3 other superior products are displayed at the exhibition at the Mandalika Circuit. (pur)