New Zealand stands ready to help Indonesia strengthen its geothermal energy industry

The meeting will open the opportunity to review the priorities of bilateral cooperation, including in the renewable energy sector, and to increase the potential for collaboration between the two countries.

Editorial (Thomas) – New Zealand said it is ready to help Indonesia strengthen its national geothermal industry, one of which is manifested in the Comprehensive Partnership Action Plan between Indonesia and New Zealand 2020-2024.

The statement was transmitted by the New Zealand Office of Trade and Business (NZTE) in a written statement received in Editorial on Saturday.

“The action plan contains an agreement to renew the focus on bilateral cooperation priorities, including in the field of renewable energies, and to explore new opportunities,” explained NZTE.

NZTE is a government agency whose job is to help connect companies in New Zealand with investors in several countries. In Indonesia, NZTE builds partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders and provides various investment-related information and networks.

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In addition to the action plans, the New Zealand government and business actors also actively participate in various forums and business meetings related to the geothermal industry in Indonesia, one of which is the 2020 Indonesia Digital International Geothermal Convention (DIIGC), to be held virtually on September 8, 2020.

New Zealand Trade Commissioner for Indonesia, Diana Pertama, reported that New Zealand’s Minister of Trade and Export Growth, David Parker, confirmed his presence at the business meeting.

“The Minister of Trade and Export Growth, David Parker, will present a strategy to face the challenges caused by COVID-19 and to emphasize the important role of the economic recovery of low emissions and resilient to climate change through the application of policies and environmentally friendly technologies, such as the development of renewable energy in one of the sessions of DIIGC 2020 “, he explained. Diana was quoted as saying in the NZTE written broadcast.

DIIGC 2020 is a replacement for the Indonesian International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition (IIGCE), an annual event held by the Indonesian Geothermal Association (API / INAGA).

This year’s digital meeting will take place from September 1st and will end on September 10th, 2020.

“The meeting will open the opportunity to review the priority of bilateral cooperation, including in the renewable energy sector, and to increase the potential for collaboration between the two countries,” explained NZTE.

In addition to active participation in domestic energy forums, New Zealand also supports the development of geothermal resources in Indonesia through human resources training and capacity building programs, as well as commercial cooperation.

“New Zealand is also helping to assess the potential of a number of geothermal projects so that other exploration programs can take place effectively,” said NZTE, adding that it would also help Indonesia to develop a roadmap for the development of geothermal and clean in Indonesia.

These types of assistance and assistance can be carried out because the renewable energy sector receives the largest allocation of funds from the New Zealand Assistance Program to Indonesia. New Zealand-Indonesia Joint Commitment Data for 2017-2022 shows that New Zealand plans to disburse 30 million New Zealand dollars (about Rp 296.8 billion) in the form of training and technical assistance.

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Reporter: Genta Tenri Mawangi
Publisher: Mulyo Sunyoto