JAKARTA - PT Kalbe Farma Tbk (Kalbe) and the Tempo Institute held a focused discussion and published a policy brief with the topic “Awaiting Research Incentives for Industry”.This concise policy aims to encourage the Ministry of Finance to immediately issue operational regulations concerning Government Regulation (PP) No 45 of 2019.
President Joko Widodo's policy is a stimulant for the industry to intensify research activities through tax reductions of up to 300%. Attending the focused discussion included the representatives from the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy, Kemenristekdikti, the Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Health, GP Garmasi and representatives of the business world.
“Kalbe is always committed to developing research in Indonesia so that new innovations are expected to emerge that benefit the community,” said Director of External Relations of PT Kalbe Farma Tbk, Pre Agusta in his written statement, Friday (15/11/2019).
He hopes that the tax reduction policy for research activities can provide a positive impetus for the research climate in Indonesia, especially for industry. Pre Agusta also added, in this discussion, Kalbe collaborated with the Tempo Institute, which also has initiatives in the field of research and development.
As we know, Kalbe has collaborated with Tempo in the Ristekdikti Kalbe Science Award (RKSA) program, an award program for the best researchers in Indonesia from 2010 to 2016 and the Kalbe Junior Scientist Award program that is dedicated to foster children's love for the world of science from 2011 to 2019.
The discussion, which was guided by the Director of the Tempo Institute, Qaris Tajudin, produced some key points in the Policy Brief, including opening up opportunities for all industries conducting research and development to obtain incentives.
Also of the research incentives covering capital costs and operational costs to how to create a simple mechanism of valuation up to claims, as well as the criteria. as well as to clarify the criteria and grades of the value of incentives from the start. With such conditions, PP 45/2019 is an important breakthrough and a new motorbike is expected to drive commercial research in the country, for the development of industry and the national economy.
Furthermore, bearing in mind that this new policy does not yet regulate technical matters, the success of encouraging research and development activities that can give birth to innovation depends very much on the ability of the government, particularly the ministry of economy to formulate clear, fair, transparent, and easy rules for the industry to get involved.