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U.S. and Indonesia Sign Science and Technology Agreement

March 29, 2010
U.S. and Indonesia Sign Science and Technology Agreement

U.S. Ambassador Cameron R. Hume (left) and Minister of Research and Technology Suharna Surapranata (right) signed a bilateral agreement on scientific and technological cooperation between the U.S. and Indonesia.

JAKARTA -- The U.S. Ambassador Cameron R. Hume and Minister of Research and Technology Suharna Surapranata today signed a bilateral agreement on scientific and technological cooperation between the United States of America and the Republic of Indonesia.

Ambassador Hume said President Obama has called for new partnerships around the world based on mutual respect, mutual interest, and mutual responsibility; a shared commitment to universal values; and comprehensive engagement with governments and citizens alike. “Together we can address global challenges,” the Ambassador said. “President Obama’s Science Envoy will visit Indonesia in May. We are eager to begin joint activities.”

The bilateral framework agreement will strengthen and promote scientific research and technological cooperation and will be based on shared responsibilities, equitable contributions and benefits. The agreement enhances the scientific and technological capabilities, broadens and expands relations between the scientific communities of both countries. Cooperation under this agreement could include exchange of scientific and technological experts, information, and best practices; joint research projects; joint seminars, meetings and workshops; and the development of direct cooperation between government agencies, universities, and other entities of the two countries.

The United States and Indonesia have a long history of scientific exchange and collaboration that continues today. The previous Agreement for Cooperation in Scientific Research and Technological Development between the United States and Indonesia was signed in 1992 but expired in 2002.