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Islamic, Catholic groups to cooperate
Intellectuals of both religions united to help boost development for allISKA's chairman Muliawan M. Margadana (third from left) with Ilham Akbar Habib (centre)
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- June 6, 2011
â€śI was elected as chairman of the ICMI only a few months ago. I will develop a synergy with the ISKA,â€ť Ilham Akbar Habibie said following a recent seminar organized by the Catholic association in Jakarta.
He said the two associations have not yet discussed the programs they will carry out.
â€śThis is the first time Iâ€™ve met people in the ISKA. We will discuss what we will do,â€ť he said.
The seminar entitled: Technology Innovations and Social Change was organized to mark the Catholic associationâ€™s 53rd anniversary.
More than 100 people from various organizations and religious backgrounds attended the seminar which had three main speakers including Ilham, son of former president Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie.
In his address, he outlined three main issues hindering technological and human development -- lack of education, poverty and malnutrition.
â€śWe should tell people to use technology to meet needs,â€ť he suggested, saying that intellectuals should do more to close the social gap in the country.
ISKA chairman Muliawan M. Margadana said the seminar aimed to pave the way for cooperation with the ICMI.
He said the two associations will start cooperation with programs that are in the public interest.
â€śIt is impossible for us to work all alone. We should develop an alliance with other groups including the ICMI,â€ť he acknowledged.
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