PTTEP Indonesia, the local unit of Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Public Company, kicked off a series of nationwide seminars in Jakarta last week, aiming to bring together the public and private sectors, including NGOs and academics, to establish concerted efforts to help the country achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.(Antara Photo/Aprillio Akbar)

PTTEP Indonesia, CECT Collaborate on Efforts to Achieve SDGs

BY :JG

APRIL 30, 2018

Jakarta. PTTEP Indonesia, the local unit of Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Public Company, kicked off a series of nationwide seminars in Jakarta last week, aiming to bring together the public and private sectors, including NGOs and academics, to establish concerted efforts to help the country achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

PTTEP collaborated with the Center for Entrepreneurship, Change and Third Sector (CECT), a development think-tank at Trisakti University, and plans to hold the seminars in Makassar (South Sulawesi), Surabaya (East Java), Medan (North Sumatra) and Palembang (South Sumatra) later this year.

The first seminar, conducted in Jakarta on Wednesday (25/04), gathered high-level public officials, NGO leaders and key members of the private sector.

Among the panelists were Ahmad Erani Yustika, the director general of village development at the Ministry of Village, Development of Underdeveloped Regions and Transmigration; Vikra Ijas, the chief technical officer and founder of crowdsourcing platform Kitabisa.com; Yuli Pujihardi, the executive director of charity Dompet Duafa; and Afiat Djajanegara, general affairs manager of PTTEP Indonesia.

Three years ago, Indonesia adopted the SDG's 17 goals in its medium-term development plan, joining the global effort to realize zero poverty and hunger, access to clean waters and sanitation, education and gender equality, among others, by 2030.

The panelists noted that achieving the goals demands collaborative efforts among the public and private sectors.

"As someone from the private sector, we realize that achieving the SDGs is a group effort – we cannot do it alone. That is why we wanted to create a forum where everyone can meet to share their individual roles and discuss how we can work together to create a more lasting impact," Afiat said in a statement.

Other panelists pointed to cases from around the globe that can show an effective way forward to achieving SDGs and encourage startup companies to fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues. This is a concept commonly known as social entrepreneurship.

"Since there is growing evidence to prove that social entrepreneurs enhance social growth and promote sustainable development, it is imperative for all sectors to rally behind social entrepreneurs in adopting social innovation to address social problems... We insist that Indonesia will not be left behind in the global scene in achieving the proposed Sustainable Development Goals,” said Anastasia Putri, a researcher at CECT.

To build on that notion, PTTEP and CECT also hosted a two-day workshop for local NGOs, training them in good governance, entrepreneurship, sustainable livelihood and community development programs.

"Working with NGOs is very important to us as they play a vital part as a trusted partner for all stakeholders. Therefore, we believe that it is necessary to provide the right capacity building in order for the NGOs to be professionals in their field with the right competency to deliver high quality results," Afiat said.

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