Light the way: UNDP Indonesia supports Jambi to provide wider access to electricitySep 11, 2017
JAMBI, Indonesia (11 September 2017)— From policy to reality, after the support from the National Zakat Agency (BAZNAS) and Bank Jambi was given to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), today, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia marked its official partnership with the local government of Jambi province by signing a Letter of Intent (LoI) to cooperate in implementing the SDGs in Jambi Province.
The signing ceremony was attended by Zumi Zola, Governor of Jambi, Dr. Bambang Sudibyo, Chairman of BAZNAS, Muhamad Yani, CEO of Bank Jambi and Deputy Country Director UNDP Indonesia, Francine Pickup. In parallel with the ceremony, a kick-off event was held to signal the start of the project implementation to construct and scale-up four micro-hydro power plants in Merangin and Sarolangun districts, scheduled to be operational by mid-2018. The field assessment to identify final locations of micro-hydro power plants has been completed.
Access to electricity is critical for eradicating poverty and reducing inequalities in the province. Jambi is below the average standard with an electrification ratio at 86.89 percent compared with the national average of 92.80 percent according to Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. The project will achieve greater impact by reaching more people and ensuring that energy access also bolsters livelihoods and ultimately improves the standard of living in isolated rural communities.
Following the signing of Presidential Decree (PERPRES) Number 59 year 2017 on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Jambi Provincial Governor, Zumi Zola, formally expressed his intention to implement SDGs. “Jambi is ready to implement the SDGs in provincial level and partnership with UNDP will be a good start. We believe that this initiative prioritizes and benefit the people of Jambi” said Zola.
Meanwhile, UNDP’s Deputy Country Director Francine Pickup said: “This signing is significant because it shows the commitment of the province to advancing sustainable human development. The new presidential regulation outlines the important role of the provinces in implementing the SDGs. Jambi province is on its way to being the first province to enter into a formal partnership to make them happen”.
Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and working alongside The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the five-year project, Market Transformation through Design and Implementation of Appropriate Mitigation Actions in the Energy Sector (MTRE3) supports the design and implementation of climate change mitigation actions in the energy generation and energy end use sectors, including the support to develop the micro-hydro power plants.
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