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Papua needs innovation centre to develop its potential

13th July 2012 | 2.292 Views
Papua needs innovation centre to develop its potential
Photo document of Papuan in Festival Sentani Lake. (ANTARA/Anang Budiono)
Jayapura (ANTARA News) - Papua province must establish an innovation centre to develop its potential, according to a Ministry of Research and Technology official.

"Papua has enormous natural resources that can be converted into profitable commodities. However, the area still lacks in technological innovation and skilled human resources that can boost the economical value of local products," the ministry`s Deputy Assistant in Research and Technology for Industrial Sector Edie Prihantoro said here on Friday.

He added that the government had recently developed the National Innovation System (Sinas) and the Regional Innovation System (SIDa) to support Papua in its efforts to improve its economy and competitiveness.

Edie stated that he had plans to develop various sectors in Papua, such as fisheries, mining, plantation, forestry and handicrafts.

"We will establish an innovation centre in Papua to develop products with high economic value," he said. (Uu.A051/INE/KR-BSR/A014)