Jakarta, IO – Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan held a meeting with Zhejiang University, China, Monday (22/5) to follow up on the cooperation to build the Indonesia-China Center for Research and Innovation for Conservation of Medicinal Plants whose MoU was signed in September 2020.
“Zhejiang University has competitive advantages in agriculture with excellent universities and corporations. Therefore, we hope that this cooperation can encourage the development of related sectors,” Luhut said on Tuesday.
During the meeting, one of the aspects discussed in the previously signed MoU was the establishment of a Herbal Medicine Center and the development of the agricultural sector through the Horticulture Herbal Technology Science Park (TSTH2) and food estates in North Sumatra, Central Kalimantan and Central Sulawesi.
Currently, the government is building various supporting facilities for TSTH2, such as agricultural and medicinal plant research laboratories, dormitories, smart green houses, and laboratory equipment.
IT Del was appointed by Education, Culture, Research and Technology Ministry (Kemendikbudristek) to collaborate with Zhejiang University in managing TSTH2. In addition, Tsinghua University’s Tsinghua Southeast Asia Center will also support capacity building for students and educators.
“The research plan has been formulated in a road map. The proposal has been made by IT Del together with leading universities in Indonesia and several other agencies,” said Luhut.
“We hope that this research will produce concrete results and President Joko Widodo can sign a memorandum of understanding during his visit this year.” (rr)