BANDUNG, Indonesia (Aug 8, 2012) : Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation YB Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili is in Bandung to attend the Triple Helix 10th International Conference held from 8-10 August 2012.
The 10th Triple Helix conference is jointly organised by the Indonesia Ministry of Research and Technology (RISTEK), Indonesia Ministry of National Education and Culture, Institute Technology Bandung (ITB), the provincial Government of Java, Triple Helix Association and ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST). More than 300 participants from 24 countries are attending the conference.
The conference is held to enable participants to gain and share knowledge on issues pertaining to opportunities and challenges in fostering technological innovation and economic growth for developing countries.
YB Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus will present a paper entitled “Going Beyond Triple Helix: Malaysia’s National Transformation Agenda“ at the Asean S&T Ministerial forum to share Malaysia’s experience in implementing the various government transformation programmes that are being undertaken to ensure Malaysia has in place strategic and comprehensive measures to drive its economic growth and spur wealth creation.
During his official visit, Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus will also hold talks with his Indonesian counterpart Minister of Research and Technology, Hon. Prof. Gusti M. Hatta to discuss ways to enhance science and technology collaborations between the two countries.
Towards this end, he will also visit the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). The minister is accompanied by the CEOs of MOSTI agencies – MIMOS and Biotechcorp – as well as Malaysian Industry- Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and senior ministry officials.
Satellite meetings such as the ASEAN READI and SEA-EU-NET Agricultural Beyond Food (ABF) will also take place during the conference. The opening ceremony was graced by Hon. Prof. Gusti M. Hatta today. In his speech, Prof Gusti urged the 3+1 partners (Academia-Business-Government and Society) to use the opportunity to interact and find potential international partners for collaboration among the participating developing countries.
He touched on the need for a sustainable Triple Helix Model by asking the partners to accept ‘unity in diversity’ and synergise their vision, missions and goals towards their mutual benefits.
The conference also promotes collaborations among the developing countries to develop their innovation technologies through participation of the four sectors.