BEIJING – Minister of research, technology and higher education Mohamad Nasir, minister of foreign affairs Retno Marsudi accompanied vice president Jusuf Kalla who represented Indonesia at the 2nd high level conference of Belt and Road Forum, April 25-28, 2019, in Beijing, People’s Republic Of China.

Nasir was also the chief speaker at a side event called “Thematic Forum on Silk Road of Innovation” on April 25, 2019.

In his key speech, Nasir thanked China’s science and technology ministry for inviting him as one of the key speakers at the international event, along with other high-ranking SciTech officials from many countries, such as China, Uzbekistan and Slovenia.

Nasir said Indonesia and China had strengthened the science and technology cooperation between them in the past five years.

There are nine partnership agreements between Indonesia’s and China’s science and technology ministries:

2015:

  1. Implementing Arrangement (IA) on Co-establishment Indonesia – China Joint Laboratory.
  2. IA on Co-establishment of Indonesia-China Technology Transfer Center – focal point LIPI
  3. IA on Scientist Exchange Program – focal point: Indonesia’s research, technology and higher education ministry

2016:

  1. IA on Co-Establishing Indonesia-China Joint Laboratory on Biotechnology – focal point: Indonesia’s technology assessment and implementation agency (BPPT)
  2. IA on Co-Establishing Indonesia – China Joint Laboratory on High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor (HTGR) – focal point: Indonesia’s national atomic energy agency (BATAN).

2017:

  1. Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation – focal point: Indonesia’s research, technology and higher education ministry
  2. IA on Co-Establishing Indonesia China Joint Research Center for Port Construction and Disaster Prevention and Mitigation – focal point: Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).
  3. IA Cooperation in Science Techno Parks (STP) – focal point: Indonesia’s research, technology and higher education ministry

2019

  1. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Co-Establishing Indonesia – China Joint Research Center on High-Speed Railway Technology, which was only recently signed by Nasir and his Chinese counterpart Wang Zhigang, April 25, 2019, in Beijing.

The MoU aims to create a cooperation platform to boost the quality of human resource and science and technology of Indonesia and China, in the area of fast train technology.

During his visit to China, Nasir also met with a number of Indonesian students in China, who will be leaders for the future of Indonesia.