Astana, wapresri.go.id – The development of science and technology in a peaceful condition will ensure the realization of economic improvement and people’s welfare. Only then will the Islamic world recapture its glory and show itself as rahmatan lil ‘alamin, the mercy for the universe.
Vice President Jusuf Kalla stated this when delivering his speech at the first session of the first Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit on Science and Technology in Astana, Kazakhstan, Sunday (10/09/2017).
In the past, said the Vice President, Islamic civilization contributed greatly in the development of world civilization, especially in the field of science and technology.
“Therefore, we must redouble our efforts in enhancing the role of Islam in the field of science and technology in which the Muslim community contributes by bringing forth new discoveries and innovations to create peace, security, and prosperity,” he said.
The Vice President also said that the theme of this summit, “Science, Innovation, and Modernization of the Islamic World” is very timely and relevant to the Islamic world today.
“By mastering these three things, we will be able to face the latest challenges that are multi-dimensional, including poverty, disease, food security, energy, food, and many others,” he said.
The Vice President then conveyed three important Indonesian views on how to advance science and technology and innovation.
First, the development of science and technology and innovation should start early by incorporating them into the curriculum since elementary schools.
“Our education system should be directed to create an atmosphere which is conducive to the development of an open, creative, and innovative mind in all fields,” said the Vice President.
Second, the effort of mainstreaming of science and technology and innovation must become the policy and strategy of each OIC member country.
“Adequate budget should also be allocated to support the development of science and technology and innovation,” he explained.
Third, OIC member countries should share their experiences and best practices in the development of science and technology and innovation, either among OIC members or in international forums.
Concluding his speech, the Vice President said, Indonesia is ready to cooperate in the field of capacity building of science and technology through South-South Cooperation mechanism. In addition, he continued, Indonesia is open to various cooperation with OIC member countries, especially in the field of strategic industry. (RN/FM, KIP Setwapres).