The 4th Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum ASEAN – JAPAN Workshop on Technological Innovation for Economic Development was held in Bali on the 20th April 2017. This workshop was organized in collaboration between the ASEAN – Japan STS Forum, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Agency for the Asessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) of the Republic of Indonesia, with supports from Mission of Japan to ASEAN, Embassy of Japan to Indonesia, the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of Republic of Indonesia (Kemenristekdikti) and Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).

The STS Forum was established in 2004 by HE Koji Omi, a former Japanese Minister of Finance. It is an annual event that aims to provide a new mechanism for open discussion on an informal basis, and to build network among leaders from around the world to share collective knowledge and experiences. The ASEAN – Japan workshop is another platform to help exploring the opportunities arising for science and technology and how to provide solution of problem facing by humankind between Japan and ASEAN Member States through the implementation of science, tecnology and innovation. In accordance to the theme of the workshop “Technological Innovation for Economic Development”, the discussion will cover the need of collaboration between research institutions, academia, industries and government for innovation and economic development and developing smart city for sustainable development.

Chairman for BPPT, Unggul Priyanto said that it is an honour for Indonesia to host the fourth workshop to promote ASEAN – Japan cooperation on innovation, science and technology. Further, he explained that this is a valuable opportunity because it provided opportunity for participants to widen their network with a diverse group of global leaders from range of sectors, including leading executives, top government officials, and heads of academic institutions. “In the thematic sessions, you will be able to engage in open and informal discussions with participants with diverse backgrouds and expertise, gain fresh insights and novel perspectives on the specific themes and explore innovative ideas and initiatives together”, he said.

On behalf of the Minister for Research, Technology, and Higher Education of Indonesia, Mohamad Nasir, Director General of Strengthening for Research and Development, Muhammad Dimyati opened the workshop. Dimyati said ASEAN as a growing region has become one of the key drivers of Asia’s economy with a market share of over 600 milion people. He further mentioned that this achievement must be maintained with the support of science, technology and innovation. “Therefore, the convening of this forum will be able to promote the implementation of technology transfer and collaborative innovation between the two sides, and at the end of the day will be able to enhance the contibution of science, technology and innovation to the economic development of both regions”, he elaborated.

This workshop was divided into two sessions, which are: 1) Innovation for Economic Development: Colaboration among Research Institutions, Academia, Industries and Government and 2) Smart City for Sustainable Development. Innovation is a key driver of economic development. However, innovation is costly and uncertain. It requires collaborative efforts to share risks and scarce resources. Collaboration among the R&D communities, industries and government is crucial for successful innovation.

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Dimyati said that this forum is an arena for ASEANese and Japanese community of science and technology to show their capacities, capabilities and openess to hold mutualism partnership to the world. He invites all participants at this workshop to keep moving forward to bring their findings into application and production or commercialization level, and can be used directly to enhance the prosperity of world community. “So, in the the near future, we can see how research or science and technology can optimally contribute to speed up, both ASEAN – Japan and world’s prosperity”, he emphasized.

The topic in the second session was smart city for sustainable development. Smart city is a necessity to respond to the pressure of forced urbanization, population growth and climate changes. The realization of smart city will greatly benefit the people through improvement of quality of life and at the same time efficient use of resources. People are expecting improved safety and security, health and peaceful life in a friendly environment, as well as high accessbility of public services. This is supported by the roles of ICT in every aspect of the life. This is aligned with the vision of President Republic of Indonesia called “Nawacita” which are “make closer the public service to the citizens” and “more active participation of citizens to their city life”.

The Workshop was attended by 125 participants from Japan and seven ASEAN Member States, such as Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Phillipines, Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia with the share percentage of 11% from academia, 24% from company and business, and 65% from government, respectively.