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The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (Lapan) chief, Thomas Djamaluddin., Jakarta – The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (Lapan) needs more human resources to develop science and technology in the field of aviation and space, Lapan chief Thomas Djamaluddin said in Jakarta on Monday (12/8/2019). “Our obstacle in the development of aviation and space technology is the limited budget and human resources. The interest of the younger generation in aviation and space technology is quite large,” Djamaluddin said.

However, the hunt for prospective civil servants (CPNS) for researchers and engineers in the field of aviation and space has limitations, according to Thomas.

“At present, we still lack human resources to work development programs on aviation and space technology,” he said.

Lapan hoped the government would increase and improve the quality of human resources in the field of science and technology in line with its programs to develop human resources.

Lapan is trying to become a center of excellence in aviation and space technology to usher in an advanced and independent Indonesia, Thomas also stated.

“With superior human resources, we spur a progressive and independent Indonesia. The same rule applies in the field of aviation and space technology,” he remarked. (jtr)

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BKPM Chief, Thomas Lembong., Jakarta – The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) will soon launch the latest version of the Online Single Submission (OSS 1.1). “The OSS 1.1. we will launch in the near future, is expected to answer several complexities facing investors who access the OSS system. For example, database and OSS applications will be redesigned to make them user-friendly so that the urgency of direct consultation could be reduced,” BKPM Chief Thomas Lembong said in a press statement released Wednesday (7/8/2019).

Several new features in the OSS 1.1 are adjusted to the processing of applications for business permits including business merger permit, water location permit/marine location permit and branch office permit.

The BKPM chief made these remarks following a coordination meeting at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs in Jakarta Tuesday.

In view of the rising number of OSS users, there are a lot of issues that are needed to improve the system to serve the investors, he said.

One of the complaints that must be answered is the long queue of applications for OSS services at the board’s integrated one-stop service center (PTSP Center BKPM.) Given the online system, applicants need not to come to the BKPM.

Investors in Bekasi, Bogor and Tangerang could come directly to the local Capital Investment and One-stop Integrated Services (DPMPTSP) for consultations. The DPMPTSP can now give the same consulting service as the PTSP Center at BKPM.

The board will soon launch the latest version of OSS, BKPM Deputy for Capital Investment Service Husen Maulana said.

“OSS 1.1. provides special features to help issue micro and small individual business permits. In addition, the business agents could decide which the main activities are and which the supporting activities are,” he said.

The number of businessmen contacting a call center is quite high, with the duration of consultations averaging 40 minutes per individual, he said.

“This leads to a long queue at the call center,” he said. (jtr)

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Head of the Industrial Research and Development (BPPI) of the Industry Ministry, Ngakan Timur Antara., Jakarta – ‘Innovating Jogja’, a competition for the small and medium-scale industry held in Yogyakarta, is expected to encourage development of startups in handicraft and batik production in the region, the Industry Ministry said in a statement.

“In a bid to create new entrepreneurs, the Industry Ministry held ‘Innovating Jogja’, an annual event organised since 2016,” Head of the Industrial Research and Development (BPPI) of the ministry Ngakan Timur Antara said Monday (29/7/2019).

The ministry, Friday (26/7/2019), announced the names of the 10 startups who had won the competition and would receive mentoring on the technical aspects and management, as well as production facilities from the ministry.

Indonesia would need at least four million new entrepreneurs to support the national economy, as currently, the ratio of entrepreneurs to total population has only reached 3.1 percent or some 8.06 million people, Ngakan said.

“Although the ratio has surpassed the international standard at two percent, we need to encourage more to catch up with our neighbors,” he added.

He was optimistic that the event could stimulate productive, innovative and competitive startups in handicraft as well as batik production in Yogyakarta.

“Innovating Jogja is an effort to grab the benefits of demographic bonus for Indonesia,” Ngakan said. The country would need more young entrepreneurs who are competent and literate in technology, in accordance with the Making Indonesia 4.0 road map, he added.

The batik industry has recorded 18.98 percent of growth, the highest growth in the textile and garment industry in the first quarter of 2019, according to data from the ministry.

Export of batik has reached US$52.44 million in 2018 and is expected to increase six to eight percent in 2019.

The batik industry is dominated by small and medium-scale industries located in 101 production centers across the country, and it absorbs 212 thousand workers.

The export of national handicraft from January to November 2018 was recorded at $823 million, from the same period of 2017 when it registered $820 million.

The ministry has recorded more than 700 thousand handicraft business units that absorb 1.32 million workers. (ine)

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Director General of Innovation Strengthening of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Jumain Appe., Jakarta – Indonesia must keep developing, adapt to change, increase productivity and innovate to become competitive, Director General of Innovation Strengthening of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education Jumain Appe said.

“We have to find new ways, new methods to solve national problems if we want to move forward to become a strong and independent country,” he said here on Monday (29/7/2019).

Indonesia must rely on science and technology-based development and innovation for development in the future, he added.

The use and development of science and technology can be a source of community income because it can add value to the products produced.

“We know that some developed countries such as South Korea, Singapore and several European countries who do not have sufficient natural resources, can develop their country and make it independent. They build their countries with human and scientific resources and technology and innovation,” he explained.

To make good use of science, technology and innovation, various stakeholders must also play a role in utilizing science, technology and innovation through the triple helix scheme through synergy and cooperation between academics and or research and development institutions, government, industry and involving the community.

“The synergy of the four stakeholders is very important for us to encourage the development of the country and region. I think this also encourages high productivity which makes the competitiveness of a country and region higher,” he said.

The ecosystem of the science and technology development and innovation must also be supported by the use of innovative products in fulfilling Indonesia’s domestic needs. (mar)

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