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Coordinating Minister of Maritime and Investment Affairs of Indonesia and his Delegation Visited BGI Group

May 29, 2023 Views:

On May 25, Luhut B. Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister of Maritime and Investment Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, led a delegation to visit BGI Group in Shenzhen and signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) on partnership in marine genebank, research, talent culture and standard development with BGI Group.


The LOI was signed by Mochammad Firman Hidayat, Acting Deputy Coordinating Minister of Maritime and Investment Affairs, and Yin Ye, BGI Group CEO, and witnessed by Coordinating Minister Luhut, Djauhari Oratmangun, Indonesian Ambassador to China, and Wang Jian, Chairman and Co-founder of BGI Group. Duncan Yu, President of MGI Tech, Cao Sujie, BGI Group's Southeast Asia Regional General Manager, and Chang Shiying, BGI Group's Indonesia and Singapore Chief Representative, also attended the signing ceremony.

1.jpgWitnessed by Luhut (back row middle), Djauhari Oratmangun (back row left), and Wang Jian (back row right), Firman (front row left) and Yin Ye (front row right) signed the LOI for cooperation on maritime research.

Coordinating Minister Luhut noted that Indonesia was a country of thousands of islands, rich in marine and agricultural resources, and which presented opportunities for cooperation with BGI Group in marine, agricultural and other fields. He invited BGI Group to strengthen cooperation with Indonesia in related fields and help Indonesia build its talent capacity in biotechnology.


Wang Jian expressed the willingness of BGI Group to utilize its technologies and scientific research achievements to support Indonesia's maritime, agricultural and public health development plans and strengthen cooperation to realize the vision of “Omics for All of Indonesian”.


Before the signing of LOI, Coordinating Minister Luhut and his delegation visited the China National GeneBank in Shenzhen and held in-depth discussions on collaboration in scientific research, platform construction, and personnel training in the fields of medical and health care, oceanography, and agriculture.

4.jpgLuhut and his delegation visited the BGI sequencing platform.

In addition, Coordinating Minister Luhut participated in the closing ceremony of the “Workshop of Biomedical and Genomics Science for Indonesia" by BGI Group, and witnessed the certificates awarding to the participants of the workshop. Coordinating Minister Luhut expressed his appreciation to BGI Group for hosting the workshop, and encouraged the participants to actively utilize what they have learned in China, and contribute to biotechnology and public health development in Indonesia.

3.jpgLuhut (second from left) and Wang Jian (first from right), witnessed Yin Ye (first from left) issue course completion certificates to the Indonesian participants on behalf of BGI Group.

2.jpgLuhut addresses the participants of the workshop.

5.pngLuhut and his delegation with BGI staff and all the participants of the workshop.

Previously, BGI Group has carried out multiple cooperations with Indonesian institutions. In November 2022, Wang Jian and his delegation visited Indonesia. Witnessed by Coordinating Minister Luhut and Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin, memorandums of cooperation were signed covering genomics development initiatives, joint research, personnel training, and laboratory construction with the Indonesian Ministry of Health, the University of Indonesia, and Del Institute of Technology.

In February this year, Budi and Yin Ye jointly unveiled the medical testing laboratory of the BGI Group Indonesia joint venture company. The laboratory will provide localized precision medicine services and talent training service to help Indonesia improve the level of public health development. In May, BGI held the “Workshop of Biomedical and Genomics Science for Indonesia", providing theoretical and practical training courses to Indonesian health authorities, hospitals, universities and other institutions on related technologies and applications in biomedicine and genomics.

BGI Group will continue to contribute to the development of Indonesia's life sciences, precision medicine and biotechnology sectors.