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Cablegate: Request for Tdy Science Advisor at Embassy Jakarta

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PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHJA #2025 3080856
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 030856Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY JAKARTA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0507

UNCLAS JAKARTA 002025

SIPDIS
UNCLASSIFIED

DEPT FOR EAP/MTS, EAP/EX, IIP/STC, OES/STC, OES/PCI, ISN/CTR and
STAS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TSPL ID
SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR TDY SCIENCE ADVISOR AT EMBASSY JAKARTA

1. (U) Summary. Science and Technology (S&T) has emerged as a
prominent and positive area of engagement with the government and
people of Indonesia. To support continued engagement, Embassy
Jakarta requests assistance securing a TDY science advisor starting
from January 2009.

2. (U) This is an action request. See paragraph 4.

3. (U) Background. Science and technology (S&T) has emerged as a
prominent and positive area of engagement with the government and
people of Indonesia. Recognizing the benefit to the overall
U.S.-Indonesia bilateral relationship, Post has identified S&T as a
long-term priority. Post has initiated a number of short-term
scientific diplomacy efforts and is working to build upon this
progress by developing a more comprehensive engagement strategy,
starting with a proposed U.S.-Indonesia umbrella Science and
Technology Agreement

4. (U) ACTION REQUEST: To help implement our science and technology
engagement strategy, Post seeks assistance identifying an individual
with a science background for a short term posting (90 days) from
January 2009 as resident science advisor in Jakarta. Post will
provide housing and local transportation, but cannot provide travel
to Post or M&IE. The science advisor will work directly with the
Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and the Indonesian Academy
of Sciences (AIPI) as well as other relevant government ministries
to assist in long-term planning for U.S.-Indonesian engagement on
science and technology. Additionally, the advisor will track
progress on the U.S.-Indonesia S&T Agreement and seek to identify
opportunities for its application with Indonesian counterparts. As
time allows, the advisor may also assist on the the World Oceans
Conference, the proposed Okeanos Explorer visit, and other ESTH
activities. Candidates are invited from all scientific disciplines
and should be familiar with U.S. science and technology policy. A
SEC RET clearance is preferred but not required.

5. Post POC for this request is Randall Beisecker
(BeiseckerR@state.gov).

HUME

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