AMBON, ARIKAMALUKU.COM – The Maluku’s Provincial Government conducted NZMATES kick-off ceremony, followed by the signing of an MoU between the Governor of Maluku and the Ambassador of New Zealand and Mercy Corps. The event was also attended by Maluku Regional Secretary, Hamid Bin Taher, the Ambassador of New Zealand, Director of State Electricity Company (PLN) of Maluku and Papua Area, Maluku and Papua Area, and other invited guests.
The Governor of Maluku, Ir. Said Assagaf, said that the limited access to transportation, basic infrastructure, telecommunication facilities, and unequal access to electricity and services on each island in Maluku, especially on large islands such as Seram and Buru, as well as on the outermost, underdeveloped, and border islands contribute to the existence of poverty in Maluku region.
"These issues certainly need special attention especially on electricity services to be equally accessed by communities across the region," he said.
Assagaf explained that the Maluku’s Provincial Government is also aware of the enormous electricity needs in order to improve the community livelihood and increase the quality of basic services in education, health, and other fields.
He said, "With the support of the government of New Zealand and Mercy Corps, we also hope the program could provide solutions in minimizing the electricity problems through renewable energy.”
He also added that this is certainly strongly supported by the potential of renewable energy resources that have not been optimally utilised for development purposes, such as geothermal, ocean current, wind power, solar power, hydro power, and biogas, where all of these potentials exist in Maluku.
"The program implementation will then be followed up with the signing of a cooperation agreement in order to support the use of renewable energy to improve welfare of local community in Maluku," he concluded.