The United States and Indonesia demonstrated their commitment to enhancing bilateral science and technology cooperation at the inaugural Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on Science and Technology Cooperation in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 15.
Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, headed the U.S. delegation. Dr. Amin Soebandrio, Deputy Minister for International Science and Technology Network ad-interim at the Ministry of Research and Technology, led the Indonesian delegation.
The meeting, held in accordance with the Indonesia-U.S. Science and Technology Agreement, which entered into force in February 2011, provided an opportunity to monitor progress of ongoing scientific cooperation and identify new areas for cooperation. Representatives from six U.S. government agencies and research institutions met with Indonesian counterparts to discuss health, agricultural science, and technology; and marine, biodiversity and climate research. The two sides also discussed innovation and merit review processes with the goal of sharing best practices in each country.
Both countries agreed to finalize a U.S.-Indonesia Science and Technology Action Plan, which will include items agreed by working groups. Activities under the Action Plan will be monitored with a formal mid-term review process.