TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) has reportedly obtained a US$107 million (Rp1.5 trillion) loan from the French government to purchase a new research vessel and improve one of its latest research vessels, Baruna Jaya VIII.
The official signing for the loan financial agreement was conducted on Tuesday, June 8, between the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Director in Indonesia, Emmanuel Baudran, and Finance Ministry’s director general of financing and risk management, Lucky Alfirman.
This event was also attended by the French Minister of the Sea, head of the National Research Agency (BRIN), and LIPI daily executive head.
The project will include a procurement for a multipurpose research vessel in fulfilling the national maritime research. LIPI daily executive head Agus Haryono said that the current six research vessels in Indonesia are generally in need of repairs upon meeting international standards.
Meanwhile, LIPI’s head of Center for Utilization of Innovation and Science and Technology, Yan Rianto, said the loan not exclusively focuses on improving its research vessels but also developing the vessels’ human resources such as its researchers and fleet management.