Jogjakarta has the potential to become an industrial city based on research. This is consistent with the idea of Jogjakarta Incorporated that has emerged since the signing of the Triangle Cooperation of Yogyakarta Chamber of Commerce, Yogyakarta regional government and UGM in 1987. The idea came from Sri Sultan HB IX. But for today, its implementation is still far from the previous aspiration and still stuck as a discourse on the various groups both in industry and among business circles, government and communities.
Those were raised in the talk show "Jogjakarta Incorporated" in the framework of UGM Research Week 2011, in the auditorium of UGM Faculty of Agricultural Technology , Wednesday (12/10). The talk show was opened by LPPM Chairman of UGM, Prof. Dr. Techn- Ir. Danang Parikesit, M.Sc., and presented three sources, namely Chairman of the Yogyakarta Regional Research Council, Ir. Bayudono, M.Sc. UGM researcher, Dr. Suyitno, ST., M. Sc, Chief of Jogja Investment Forum KGPH Hadiwinoto, with the moderator Dr. Eng. Yusril Yusuf, M. Eng.
Bayudono said the idea of Jogjakarta incorporated or Jogja Inc. is a joint spirit to build Jogjakarta as a spirit revitalization of 'saiyeg saeko kapti'. The concept includes three pillars of cooperation between academia, business and government in accelerating economic growth in Yogyakarta. "This idea was inspired from Japan Incorporated concept," he said.
However, he added, the Jogja inc. concept is different from Japan inc. which emphasizes the role of government in supporting businesses. While Jogja inc. instead actively involves academics.
He added that Jogyakarta has the opportunity to develop into a business city. The reason is that Jogjakarta is the most politically stable province in Indonesia, and has availability of transport and communications connectivity between regions and even to another country. It is also supported by the intellectual community, availability of skilled workers, low production costs and competitive wages, the availability of access and infrastructure to support any investment project as well as the highest computer literacy ratio in Indonesia.
UGM researcher, Dr. Suyitno, said UGM as part of Yogyakarta has the determination to realize the implementation of Jogjakarta Incorporated, many research results conducted by researchers at UGM deserve to be commercialized and may become one driving force in realizing Jogjakarta Incorporated in the field of technology development and engineering so that industrial competitiveness can improve.
To the reporters, Committee Chairman of the Jogjakarta Incorporated, Dr. Mohammad Affan, FF., S.TP., M. Agr. said that the event is trying to provide recommendations to the stakeholders to materialize the Jogjakarta Incorporated and create synergy between components, namely University-Industry-Government and Communities to implement Jogjakarta Incorporated. One of them is by utilizing the results of university research in the form of products, technologies or methods that produce innovations to be developed by utilizing the potential of natural resources. "The ultimate aim is to enhance the competitiveness of the Special Region of Jogjakarta (DIY) as a business entity that has a strong cultural character," said Affan.
Committee Secretary, M. Agung Bramantya, ST., MT., M. Eng., Ph.D., added that the event in a half-day format is trying to break the ice between universities and industry, as well as the role of the Government for the realization of "research-based industry" that is not only based on the increasingly limited natural resources, but also starts from a qualified human resources.