Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Nusantara Capital City Authority (OIKN) and state-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the development of the Pertamina Sustainable Energy Center in North Penajam Paser District, East Kalimantan Province.

According to a statement released by the Presidential Secretariat's Press, Media, and Information Bureau in Jakarta on Friday, the MoU was inked as an effort to help the government achieve the net-zero emissions (NZE) target.

"This (MoU) is a manifestation of Pertamina's support for the government's efforts to achieve the net-zero emissions target by 2060," President Director of Pertamina Nicke Widyawati stated.

Widyawati outlined several major challenges that Indonesia should address to succeed in achieving the NZE while placing emphasis on the importance of a sound level of management.

One of the challenges concerns the need to acquire advanced technology, while the other pertains to the need to produce more talents that are capable of managing and optimizing the technology to maximize the potential of Indonesia's abundant natural resources.

Advanced technology and capable human resources can help Indonesia in optimizing its natural resources to meet the domestic need for energy, she elaborated.

Widyawati also emphasized the need for Indonesia to be able to empower its workforce with skills and expertise that align with the use of new and renewable energy in future.

"Our workforce is still dominated by those (working) in the fossil-based energy sector. Therefore, we should provide our talents with a new set of skills that is in line with the future energy, so they do not get laid off," she explained.

Furthermore, Widyawati extended her gratitude to OIKN and expressed hope that both parties would soon be successful in developing the Pertamina Sustainable Energy Center.

"We would like to thank OIKN for providing a considerable area of land, so we can jointly develop this (sustainable energy center)," she remarked.

President Joko Widodo personally witnessed the MoU signing process carried out by Widyawati and Head of OIKN Bambang Susantono.

Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, State Secretary Minister Pratikno, State-owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir, and Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia accompanied the president during the signing process.

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Translator: Andi F, Tegar Nurfitra
Editor: Sri Haryati
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