The United States Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia, Joseph Donovan, visited Lombok on May 17, 2017, for a dialogue with grantees of MCA-Indonesia’s Green Prosperity Project as well as with the Governor of NTB, Zainul Majdi. Six grantees including PEKA SINERGI shared their project progress, MCA-Indonesia’s role in improving the livelihoods of the people of NTB, and their sustainability plans for the post- Compact period in April 2018.
In the dialogue with the six grantees, PEKA SINERGI Program Coordinator Iman Permana explained to US Ambassador Donovan that in addition to renewable energy skills training and certification, the project also provides beneficiary institutions with renewable energy equipment, with an aim to enhance skills in operation, installation and maintenance.
Dr. Mae Chu Chang, PEKA SINERGI Lead Advisor, emphasized that the project had brought together a variety of stakeholders to develop a system of RE training and certification, including the Ministry of Manpower, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Ministry of Education and Culture as well as the private industries who will ultimately benefit from skilled labor supply. Iman Permana, added that the aim of piloting with SMKs (vocational schools) is to equip teachers and students with renewable energy technology skills and that this system can also be implemented for polytechnic students.
“Ultimately, PEKA SINERGI was commended by members of associations, professionals in the workforce, and policy makers - as they feel that their dreams came true, which they had not been able to do or achieve previously,” Iman Permana.
Other encouraging recognition for PEKA SINERGI was seen through Mr. Ruju Rahmad, Principal of SMKN I Lingsar, who was invited to a dinner reception with Ambassador Donovan, along with 19 beneficiaries from NBT. SMKN I Lingsar has provided an example for the other pilot SMKs who are aiming to introduce RET courses. Mr. Ruju actively engages local companies, undertakes community-based marketing, and envisions a combo of mini hydro equipment to power the school-managed three-star hotel, offered for public accommodation.
The objective of MCA-Indonesia through the Millennium Challenge Compact in Indonesia is to alleviate poverty through sustainable economic growth. Under the umbrella of Green Knowledge, PEKA SINERGI is implementing training and certification for Renewable Energy Technologies, being the first of its kinds in Indonesia.