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International Symposium 2012 in Jakarta

"Innovation by Industrial-Academic Collaboration"

Honda Foundation and Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) jointly organized an international symposium entitled "Innovation by Industrial-Academic Collaboration" in Jakarta, on June 12, 2012. Beginning by keynote speeches, we had a panel discussion regarding "Innovation Systems and Policies." In the afternoon sessions, representatives from both countries gave presentations on the theme of "Renewable Energies" and "Public Transportation Systems." The venue was filled with attendance of about 200 people from business and industry, politics, and academics including Dr.-Ing Fauzi Bowo, Governor of the City of Jakarta. The symposium was closed with expectations that today's sharing knowledge and opinions would contribute to further development of Indonesia.

from left) Mr. S.B. Sulisto / Chairman of KADIN, Mr. H. Yoshino/ Former President & CEO of Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Mr. H. Ishida / President of Honda Foundation, Dr. Zuhal / Chairman of the National Innovation Committee

Attendance of the symposium

Keynote Speech

Mr. Hiroyuki Yoshino, Former President & CEO of Honda Motor Co. Ltd., delivered a keynote speech entitled "The Power of Dreams." He introduced what he learned from his careers at Honda along with episodes of Mr. Soichiro Honda. He emphasized that "High goals satisfying social needs boost the morale of engineers. They can be achieved with long-term economic and mental support and acceptance of failures by top management. Have a big dream, gather the power of people. Then almost everything is possible."

Panel Discussion and Sessions

At the opening of the panel discussion, each panelist presented their concepts and practice models regarding innovation systems from a wide-ranging point of view. The panelists in Indonesian side pointed out Indonesian poor investment in R&D, 0.1 % of GDP, and weak collaboration among industry, government and academics. Then, they discussed how to solve the problems toward commercialization of domestic innovations as a final goal. Following afternoon sessions were about "Renewable Energies" and "Public Transportation Systems" which both are large issues in today's Indonesia. Representatives from both countries presented latest research trends and policies.
(from left) Moderator, Dr. A. Sunami, and panelists

Mr. F. Ishida, principal research associate of NEDO, introduces new Japanese energy mix plan after the Great East Japan Earthquake

Dr.-Ing Fauzi Bowo, governor of the city of Jakarta, introduces countermeasures taken for chronic traffic congestion in Jakarta

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