Mataram, W Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA) - The West Nusa Tenggara provincial government is exploring cooperation opportunities with the Government of Denmark for adopting the application of renewable energy and waste management from the country.

"At the moment, the West Nusa Tenggara government’s paradigm is to be open to investments and businesses. We are open to every step of cooperation and capital investments from anyone, from the domestic or international stage. Private or public. We invite Denmark to also invest and cooperate in several sectors that can be mutually beneficial," Governor of West Nusa Tenggara H. Zulkieflimansyah noted in a statement received here, Tuesday.

The governor had met with Ambassador of Denmark to Indonesia Rasmus A. Kristensen in Jakarta on Monday.

He believed that Denmark's portfolio in renewable energy, especially pertaining to wind power generator, is well-suited to the land conditions in West Nusa Tenggara, both on the island of Lombok and Sumbawa. Also brought up were the solar and biomass power generator.

"The two big islands in West Nusa, Lombok, and Sumbawa have vast potential for investment in the field of renewable energy, for instance, to build wind power generator that has been successfully implemented in Denmark," he noted.

He expressed confidence that the waste management policy implemented by Denmark for years can be adopted and adjusted to the conditions in West Nusa Tenggara.

"We will provide all infrastructure, right from the land and surveys to technical supporting facilities. From the side of bureaucracy, we can help with easing the clearance processes and supporting resources," he explained.

He also expressed interest to send the young people of West Nusa to Denmark to learn the sciences on renewable energy and environment.

In the meantime, Danish Ambassador to Indonesia, Rasmus A. Kristensen welcomed the partnership opportunities. He admitted to having heard amply from the Embassy's Chief of Environmental Cooperation, Morten Holm van Donk about opportunities in renewable energy and waste management in West Nusa Tenggara.

"I have received explanations from Morten and his team, who are no strangers to Lombok and Sumbawa. I have also met several office heads in connection with the environment and renewable energy," he stated.

He called for the need for data sharing between both sides, with regard to competence and capacity to expedite the cooperation.

"I refer to the competency in human resources in developing technology and infrastructure and the capacity or volume from each sector, such as the capacity of corn crops or bamboo for biomass, as well as the volume of waste for gas and biogas resources," he stated.

Kristensen expressed belief that the cooperation can be kicked off by sending teams for the transfer of technology and knowledge, both from West Nusa Tenggara to Denmark and vice versa.

"It is important to be implemented as a part of the feasibility study to ensure that the technology developed in Denmark is suitable to the conditions and situation in West Nusa Tenggara," he noted.

At the conclusion of the meeting, both sides reached an agreement to hold a technical meeting as a follow-up measure in early November.

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Translator: Nur Imansyah/Aria Cindyara
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