Bogor, West Java (ANTARA News) - Indonesia is currently exploring the possibility of establishing cooperation in biotechnology development with Iran, South Korea and fellow ASEAN member countries, an Indonesian biotechnology official said.
"Those countries are most likely to develop some sort of collaboration with our researchers," Bambang Prasetyo, chief of the Indonesian Biotechnology Consortium (KBI), said during an international conference on biotechnology here Tuesday.
The potential areas of close biotechnology collaboration were agriculture, energy and health.
Iran, Bambang said, had shown keen interest in cooperation with Indonesia in marine biotechnology, "They have developed technology for the non-marine sectors, and now it is time for them to enhance marine biotechnology hand-in-hand with Indonesia."
Meanwhile, the Netherlands and South Korea were willing to collaborate with Indonesia in producing energy by biotechnology schemes.
Bambang said KBI grouped 42 private institutions, government bodies, and universities around the country.
The consortium was trying to create a map of Indonesia`s natural resources in biotechnology terms.
He admitted Indonesia was lagging behind other countries in development of biotechnology and this was so due to lack of support from the government and industry.
Funds provided by the government and industry for biotechnlogy development continued to be far from sufficient, and the same applied to the government`s support through regulations.
"Industry even prefers to use imported biotechnology products, such as those from India," he added.
The international conference was opened on Tuesday (Aug 5) and will run until Thursday (August 7). Approximately 300 delegates from Indonesia and abroad actively participate in the program. (*)
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