Jakarta: Indonesia's research funding is recorded at Rp27 trillion which is much higher than those of the Philippines and Vietnam.
However, according to Vice President Ma'ruf Amin, it just has 89 researchers for every one million.
Compared to Vietnam whose research funds are recorded at Rp24 trillion, the number of researchers that Indonesia currently possesses remains lower than that of the country.
The message was delivered during the working meeting of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) in Jakarta on Monday, February 24, 2020.
Maruf believes the large amount of research funds that Indonesia has reveals the government's seriousness in placing science and technology as an essential aspect of the country's national development.
Ma'ruf stated that The BPPT was expected to be able to make innovations that meet the people's needs because one of the measures of this agency's success was that its technological innovations were applied in society.
In his second term, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo pledged to focus on improving the quality of Indonesia's human resources amid fierce competition among nations in this digital era.
His seriousness is obvious as revealed in the government's statement on the bill on the state budget for the 2020 fiscal year and its financial note that he delivered at the House of Representatives (DPR) plenary session in August 2019. (Antara)