Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Monday, November 11, 2019 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), in partnership with the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) and Central Provincial Administration (CPA), conducted the National Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on Capacity Building to Strengthen Sustainable Implementation of Renewable Energy Technologies for Rural Energy Access. The workshop is part of a 3-year regional project implemented in the Melanesian countries: Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea. The project is funded by the Republic of Korea through the Korea International Corporation Agency (KOICA) and implemented by GGGI in partnership with the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF). In Papua New Guinea (PNG), the project implementation will be carried out by GGGI in partnership with the CCDA and CPA.
The project’s main objective is to strengthen informed and inclusive decision-making by resource owners and local government officials for the integration of green economy (GE) and renewable energy (RE) into local level planning and to strengthen implementation of RE infrastructure for rural electrification. GGGI will work closely with local partners to develop various training modules within the project context to achieve this goal. In addition, local trainers will be engaged to deliver these capacity building workshops throughout the identified communities.
The workshop was opened by His Excellency Kymgu Kang, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, who stated: “The approach to the project by GGGI and KOICA is relevant. I hope that, as an executing organization of the project, GGGI will do an excellent job in making the project a success, thus contributing to upgrading the quality of peoples’ lives across the region. I am sure that today’s workshop will serve as a steppingstone for the MSG countries and SIDS as a whole to move toward a green economy”.
The purpose of this national workshop was to introduce the project, identify local delivery partners, and obtain feedback on the potential rural sites in the Central Province, focusing on Rigo and Hiri districts where the training will be conducted, as well as getting feedback on the most viable means of delivering the workshop in rural areas.
On behalf of the Climate Change and Development Authority, the Measurement, Reporting and Verification, and National Communication General Manager, Mr. Alfred Rungol said, “The traditional and local government structures vary from country to country and the nature of the precise intervention in PNG will be determined by the project’s choice of communities in which we will implement the project, and I believe the Central Province is one of the successful communities for this project”.
During the opening of the workshop, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between CPA and GGGI to cement the partnership of these two organisations in delivering the project over the next 2 years, in the Hiri and Rigo Districts of the Central Province. Through this MoU, Central Province will be the first Province in Papua New Guinea to benefit from this project, with the hope that in future, additional funds will enable expansion of the project to other Provinces.
Central Province Deputy Administrator, Mr. Edward Kila, acknowledged that the provincial government through its administration will be working as partners for the implementation of the project activities. Mr. Kila also said the signing demonstrates a new phase in development for the province to improve the knowledge of the people who have access to renewable energy technologies.
Over the next two years of project implementation, GGGI will train 12 trainers (through a training of trainers approach) to go out to the rural communities in the Hiri and Rigo Districts to deliver 10 training modules on Green Economy and Renewable Energy. The learning outcomes of these modules were discussed during the workshop and valuable feedback was received from participants. The project aims to train about 800 local government officials, traditional and community leaders, women and youth leaders, small businesses, and local technicians on renewable energy technologies (with a focus on solar and hydro) and green economy (with a focus on energy efficiency).
“With the cost of solar energy technology falling dramatically over the last 5 years, greater emphasis in utilization of solar energy and energy efficient technologies can reduce the cost of electricity production. This is particularly true in remote rural and island contexts where the costs and risks associated with fossil fuels are higher,” stated Ms. Katerina Syngellakis, Pacific Regional Representative for the Global Green Growth Institute. “Sub-national government, community leaders and resource owners play a key role in identifying, facilitating, coordinating, planning, designing and implementing renewable energy projects”.
The workshop concluded with the next steps going forward for GGGI to work with the CCDA and CPA to start work in the two target districts and create vibrant and collaborative stakeholder engagement at all levels involved in this project.
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