Priority Development in Papua

Jakarta – Vice President KH Ma’ruf Amin Described 7 priority programs in the development of Papuans . These programs include improving health services to increasing the number of vocational schools for local residents.

Ma’ruf initially explained that the follow-up to Presidential Decree No. 20 of 2020 concerning the Integrated Coordination Team for the Acceleration of Welfare Development in the Provinces of Papua and West Papua continued to be carried out. Ma’ruf himself is the Chairman of the Steering Committee, confirming the government’s commitment in accelerating welfare development for Papua and West Papua Provinces.

“The presence of Presidential Instruction Number 9 of 2020 is proof of the Government’s commitment in making efforts to accelerate welfare development in the Papua Province and West Papua Province,” said Ma’ruf when receiving an audience from the ranks of the Cenderawasih University Jayapura Papua academic community, in a statement received by detik.com, Tuesday. (22/06/21).

Ma’ruf then explained what was formulated in 7 strategic sectors that became the 2021-2022 rapid development program to build the welfare of the Papuan people. First, in the field of education, through Papua Pintar, which requires support from Cenderawasih University.

“The contribution of Cenderawasih University is very much needed to become a think tank, especially in developing Papuan human resources that are more qualified, competent, and superior,” said Ma’ruf.

Ma’ruf explained that the second is Healthy Papua. This is a solution to the problem of the difficulty of Papuan people’s access to health facilities and services.

“These include, among others, the improvement of hospitals in 7 customary areas, development of Papuan infrastructure, strengthening of health centers, and shelters for abandoned children,” he explained.

The third point is Papua Mandiri. This program is a form of developing superior commodities that include tourism areas and business development for the Papuan people.

“The determination of the Cenderawasih Bay Sail 2023, integrated tourism, village economic centers, millennial farmers, as well as the development of job training centers and vocational schools,” he said.

Ma’ruf then explained the fourth point, namely Connected Papua. This is an effort to connect lines in Papua which is to facilitate access to communication and transportation for the people of Papua.

“Major projects are air bridges, network improvement from the East Palapa Ring, major trans Papua projects to economic centers, and the construction of several depots in economic centers,” explained Ma’ruf.

The fifth program is Bright Papua. Ma’ruf said the government is trying to provide access to electricity in all corners of Papua, as well as cooperating in developing new and renewable energy with relevant stakeholders.

“This is in charge of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (Energy and Mineral Resources), PLN (State Electricity Company), the Ministry of Villages (Ministry of Villages), and the Ministry of Finance,” said the vice president.