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Accelerating the Development of Obi Island Villages, Harita Nickel Sweeps Five CSR and Sustainable Village Development Awards

13 May 2024

Jakarta, 8 Mei 2024 -- PT Trimegah Bangun Persada Tbk (NCKL) or Harita Nickel, an integrated and sustainable nickel mining and processing company, secured five awards at the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Village Development (PDB) Awards 2024 held at The Westin Hotel Jakarta on May 7, 2024. The awards were presented by the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia (RI VP) Ma'ruf Amin and the Minister of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration (Mendes PDTT) Abdul Halim Iskandar.

From these five awards, Harita Nickel received two for the CSR & Sustainable Village Development program category, two for the individual category with the Excellent title received by Darwan Aduhasan, as the secretary of BUMDes Batu Putih in Buton Village, and individual category with the Outstanding title received by Lukmanul Hakim, as the Agriculture Foreman of Harita Nickel for his role in developing the farmer groups. Apart from that, Harita Nickel also received The Best Silver Achievement award.

Regarding these awards, Latif Supriadi, Head of External Relations Harita Nickel, stated that the achievement reflects the company's commitment and contribution to fostering the growth of village-owned enterprises (BUMDes) and development in the villages around Harita Nickel's operational area.

"We are committed to continuing to support the empowerment of villages, which is the main goal of the Harita Nickel CSR program, directly impacting the economy of the communities in our operational area. The awards are a testament to the program's success and joint efforts to accelerate the development of the villages," said Latif after receiving the awards.

Latif further exemplified that one of Harita Nickel's programs, Buton Sentani (Sentra Ketahanan Pangan Obi), has successfully enhanced the productivity of farmer groups nurtured by Harita Nickel. He mentioned that Harita Nickel, along with the village government, Agricultural Extension Centers, and Bumdes, provided cultivation guidance and support for agricultural facilities and infrastructure to several farmer groups.

Latif added that the company then purchases rice produced from the Sentani program to fulfill the catering needs of Harita Nickel. "The volume of transactions between the community and Harita needs to be increased. Thus, there are still many opportunities for the community to collaborate and potentially become suppliers," added Latif.

Meanwhile, Darwan Aduhasan, the secretary of BUMDes Batu Putih in Buton Village, admitted to collaborating with Harita Nickel since 2021. Darwan stated that the horticulture and food security program in five villages on Obi Island has since developed.

"One example is our rice fields, which initially spanned 3 hectares and have now expanded to 30 hectares. The horticulture crops, which initially covered 1 hectare, have now grown to 5 hectares in each village," said Darwan after receiving the award from th Vice President.

In his speech, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia Ma'ruf Amin stated that village development is one of the government's focal points for realizing a balanced, developed, and equitable national economic structure. He hoped that the villages, as the smallest governance unit, could become nodes for driving the economic development of the community.

At the same event, Minister of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration (Mendes PDTT) Abdul Halim Iskandar highlighted the importance of Village-Owned Enterprises (BUMDes) in enhancing the welfare of village residents. This crucial role has been evidenced by the various achievements of BUMDes since the government began focusing on their development in 2021.

The CSR and PDB Award 2024 is an accolade awarded to companies, NGOs, and individuals for their services in accelerating village development through the involvement and development of BUMDes/BUM Desma and other CSR activities. This award is now in its third year and is conducted by the Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration in cooperation with the Indonesian Social Sustainability Forum (ISSF).

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