Press Release
No. 254/SP/HM/BKKP/XI/2019

Jakarta – Minister for Research and Technology/Chairman of National Agency for Research and Innovation Bambang Brodjonegoro stated that currently the main factor driving the economy in developed countries is the research and development. Nordic countries like Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden are the example of the countries which successfully utilize innovations in increasing their economy.

That matter was discussed by Minister Bambang on the International Seminar of “Innovation Driving Sustainable Business – Bridging the Innovation Gap between the Nordics and Indonesia” on Wednesday, 13 November 2019 in Sari Pacific Hotel, Jakarta. This event was attended by the CEO of Renesans Consulting Niclas Lindgren and the Ambassador of Finland to Indonesia HE Jari Sinkari along with the President Directors of Nordics respected companies and Indonesian scientists and academicians.

Minister Bambang stated that Indonesia should always learn from the developed countries in terms of research and innovations, either from Asia, America, and Europe, including the Nordics who show successful economy supported by the quality of education, research, and innovation.

“The huge investments on research and innovation are what makes them succeeded to be innovative countries. The example is the research implemented on commercial products like Nokia, Volvo, Ericsson, Electrolux, Skype, and Spotify. Many companies and entrepreneurs in Nordics create jobs, improve the quality of life, and increase the public welfare,” he said.

Minister Bambang stated that in the era of Industrial Revolution 4.0, every countries are racing to increase their quality on research and innovation, because they realize that research and innovation are the key to current economy. Indonesia has positive development in terms of research and innovation, but the increase is still slow compared to the research and innovation’s rapid growth in other countries.

“Nowadays, innovation become the main factor to the successful economy in all sectors. On the 2019 Global Innovation Index (GII), Indonesia was ranked 85th from 129 countries, below other SEA countries like Singapore (8th), Malaysia (35th), Vietnam (42nd), Thailand (43rd), Philippine (54th), and Brunei (71st).

On the 2019 Global Competitiveness Report in the World Economic Forum (WEF), Indonesia was ranked 50th, dropped from the previous rank of 45th. The lowest score on the report was the Innovation Capability pillar in which Indonesia only got 38 of 100,” said Minister Bambang.

According to him, the condition should motivate Indonesia to build and improve the innovation capabilities to be more advanced in competing and increasing economic growth, as well as in implementing the innovation-based economy. To catch up, Indonesia needs to make big leaps on the policies regarding the national research and innovation.

Minister Bambang stated that one of the most important policy issued by the government to support the national research and innovation ecosystem was the Government Regulation No. 45 of 2019 on the super tax deduction. The go ks to motivate investment in the labor intensive industries, create jobs, involve of business and industrial sectors in creating high quality of human resources, increase competitiveness, and encourage business people to conduct R&D activities.

“Government will offer up to 200% of tax deduction for the industries invested in vocational educations, and up to 300% of tax deduction for industries with R&D activities which create innovations,” he said.

Minister Bambang also expressed enthusiasm to hear the experience and inputs from Nordics as innovative countries regarding to the development and implementation of innovation as shared learning materials. Minister Bambang expected that the seminar and workshop would give the opportunities for the entrepreneurs, policy makers, academicians, and researchers who attend the event to exchange ideas in improving the innovation ecosystem in Indonesia and expand the cooperation network.

Professor Alf Rehn, a Finnish professor of innovation, design, and management, who became a Global Innovation Guru, writer, and speaker in many events, and also incorporated in the Board of Directors kn many Nordic companies, stated in this seminar that the Nordics are classified as innovative countries among others. Many things could be learned by Indonesia regarding the Nordics success in innovation.

Professor Rehn stated that an impactful and purposeful innovation is the innovation conducted not only for the sake of the recognition, but the one that aims to create a better world at the core. In the innovation journey of Nordics, the Triple Helix approach not only helps them to innovate more, but also helps them to innovate better.

“Triple Helix is indeed the key to success in the Nordics, but not just that, there are other intangible factors to develop innovation, and one of them are the culture of innovation, which became the fundamental element of innovation in many institutions and companies in Nordics. One of the cultures which are highly preserved is the culture to respect and appreciate that all individuals have voices and have the right to share their opinions and being respected,” he explained.

According to Profesor Rehn, the privilege of Nordics innovation compared to other countries lays on the capabilities to dialogue, listen, appreciate, and share their ideas and knowledge, which in the end create the sense of togetherness.

“I think that is why the Nordics are the good example in innovation, not only because of the unity and togetherness internally, but also between organizations and between countries. The culture of innovation aspect is extremely strong in establishing more creative organizations,” he said.

Also attending the seminar and workshop are the Director General of Innovation Development Jumain Appe, the President of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) Satryo S. Brodjonegoro, the Chairman of the National Research Council of Indonesia Bambang Setiadi, the CEO of Supertext Martin Jacobson, the Co-Founder and CEO of PT Bisnis Nordic Indonesia Said Irandoust, a Senior Lecturer from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) Leo Aldianto, the Chief Research and Product Innovation Officer of Nodeflux Adhiguna Mahendra, the Executive Director of Indonesian Food Innovation Centre (IFIC) Archie Slamet, the Head of MVB Indonesia and Founder of PT Phoenix Communication Alistair Speirs, along with other respected guests.

Partnership and Public Communication Bureau
Ministry of Research and Technology/National Agency for Research and Innovation