Jokowi to Inaugurate Papua Youth Creative Hub, these are the Hopes of the Papuan People

President Joko Widodo ( Jokowi) is set to inaugurate the Papua Youth Creative Hub (PYCH) in Jayapura, Papua. The event will feature creative acts performed by tens of talented indigenous youth from Papua.

The President’s Millennial Special Advisor, Billy Mambrasar stated that the young talented youths of Papua will perform before the President at the inauguration of the centre, an imposing building with traditional elements and ample facilities, the pride of the Papuan youth.

The Coordinator of Inspirational Papuan Youth (PMI) group stated that his group will hold auditions for dancers, marching band, as well as have a carnival at the Papua Youth Creative Hub.

“PMI wants to show that the golden generation of Papuan youths with their various talents, which can develop Indonesia,” said Billy.

The Youth Hub consists of a two-storey main building, and two dormitories. Within the building a space for micro, small, and medium enterprises, cafeteria, training room, marketing room, music room, multipurpose room as well as a co-working space.

There are rooms shaped like tribunes with a capacity of hundreds, which can be used for performances, religious events, and others.

The performances being prepared by PMI include a flag-raising team as well as cheers of nationalism and love for the homeland. The event will also serve as event organizing training for the leaders and members of PMI.

One of the flag-raising team’s members, Eliesher Krsihyo (17) stated that he has worked hard to present a special performance for the President and guests at the inauguration.

“So far, 80 percent of the preparations are complete. We have trained long so that we can give the best performance at the event,” he said.

Eliesher is enthusiastic about the inauguration which will serve as the means to develop creativity and science of Papuan youths.

“We welcome Papuan progress. Hopefully in the future Papuan youths will be competitive in various fields,” he added.

Another performer, Nita Satungga (21), admits to being eager about taking part in the event and has thoroughly prepared the cheers and steps. She and many others are determined to give their best performances at the inauguration.

“I feel very happy. I am actually very nervous to perform in front of the President, but I will do my best,” she said.

The coach for the performances at the inauguration, Matawan Tano (24) hopes that all the preparations go smoothly, so that the long-awaited inauguration by the President can go as well as possible. In order to maximize the performances at the inauguration, he has trained closely with the participants.

“Our participants are being trained physically and mentally, because they not only have to perform at maximum, but must also have to be physically strong and mentally tough,” he said.

The presence of the PYCH, plays a strategic role because it is the gathering place of youths in presenting their ideas, as well as creativity, which in turn will improve the human resources of Papua in the future.

“PYCH is a privilege for the youths of Papua, where the place is managed by youth, the spaces filled by youths, and all to improve the skills of the youth,” he added.

Matawan hopes that the young generation of Papua are not discouraged by the advancements of the age. No matter how small the initial steps in the beginning, they will hugely affect a change for the better.

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The Tourism Potential of Raja Ampat’s Remote Fani Island Bordering Palau

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Fani island, located in Raja Ampat, Southwest Papua is an outer island bordering the country of Palau. The island of Fani is part of a cluster of islands in Raja Ampat Regency, other than the Igi and Miaren Islands. Despite its far-flung location, it has plenty of potential to be developed, including capture fisheries and marine tourism.


Fani Island’s exact location is at the Ayau District, Raja Ampat regency, Southwest Papua Province, near the Pacific Ocean. It is a customary land of Rutum village. The island is rich in fish with high value including skipjack, tuna, mackerel, grouper, red snapper, and prawns.


The main occupation of its inhabitants is fishing which is done at night-time, while in the daytime, they search for copra (dried coconut kernels) to make coconut oil. Other than Fani, the Igi and Miaren islands also have potential to be suppliers for the development of a cooking oil industry.


The island’s beauty makes it an attractive destination for tourists, and is a particularly good destination for marine tourists. The variety of activities available include diving, snorkelling, beach tourism, exploring the island, and camping.


For those who wish to take in the beauty of the nature, there is plenty to see. Fani Island has conserved its coral reefs, white sand beaches, and lush jungles. The three beaches along the coastline are sandy, rocky, and even terraced.


Tourists do not need to travel to the middle of the sea to enjoy the coral reefs. Along the beaches, coral reefs that are well-conserved can be found. Exploring the forests in Fani Island is another possible activity.


According to the provincial government, Fani’s natural potential makes it a potential tourist destination.


Fani Island can be accessed using a motorboat or speedboat from Sorong Regency, roughly 204 km away. The distance can be reached in approximately 12 hours by taking the Sorong Fishery Academy’s training ship. If using a high-speed motor boat, the island can be reached in only 6 hours.

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Vice President Calls on Security Forces to Apprehend Armed Criminal Groups in Papua’s Mountain Regions

Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has called upon security forces to apprehend the Armed Criminal Groups who operate in Papua’s Mountain regions. He made the statement at the Vice-Presidential Palace on Thursday, 12 January 2023.

The Vice President admits the situation is not yet conducive, especially in the mountain regions, the Government has deployed security forces to maintain security as well as put forward a welfare-based approach in Papua. Security forces must be more prepared and decisive against the Armed Criminal Groups so people are protected.

“We do not allow them free rein, but continue strengthening security so that they are unable to cause people trouble,” he added.

Armed Criminal Groups still frequently conduct attacks in Papua which also target civilians. Recently, a Trigana Air plane was fired upon at Oksibil Airport, Bintang Mountains (9/1/2023). The incident is currently being investigated by the authorities.

Kiti-kiti Waterfall and Other Natural Attractions of Fakfak, West Papua

It is no secret that West Papua is known for its charming nature with abundant flora and fauna. At the Fakfak regency, the Kiti-kiti waterfall located at the Nusalasi Bay Coastal Park Conservation Area is one such destination known for its unique and exotic nature. The destination is relatively unknown to tourists due to its remote location far from the urban centre of Fakfak regency. The waterfall’s uniqueness is due to the fact that it flows downstream directly to the sea.

The areas surrounding the waterfall gives view to mountains, lush greenery, and the clear blue waters. This allows tourists to enjoy the scenery of a waterfall, beach, and the blue sea water in one spot. As the water recedes a beach underneath is formed which can be enjoyed by tourists. When the tide rises, the waterfall will pour directly to the sea. Activities that can be enjoyed by tourists include snorkelling and diving to enjoy the sea life and coral reefs. The abundant fish also allows for fishing for those inclined. One thing to note, it is inadvisable to visit when the eastern winds are blowing, as the waves will be higher and thus more dangerous.

The waterfall is not the only attraction that can be found in Fakfak. Another interesting attraction is the Tubir Seram island located directly across from the city. It is visible when you stand in the city of Fakfak and turn your gaze towards the open sea.

To reach the area, you can take a boat from Brongkendik village in a journey taking roughly 45 minutes. During the trip, visitors are often offered the chance to view uninhabited islands ringed by beautiful sheer cliffs. When the tide is low, it is possible to reach the island from Fakfak on foot. According to Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno, this is part of the uniqueness of the island. Visitors can spend their time diving and snorkelling, enjoying the beautiful undersea environment.

Upon arrival at the island, we are greeted by the white sands and the Fakfak hero’s statue facing the city of Fakfak. The statue depicts Krapangit Gewab, a renowned hero from Fakfak. The statue commemorates the history of the Fakfak people’s struggle against the Dutch under Krapangit Gewab’s leadership in the 1900s. Every 16 November the day is celebrated along with the establishment of Fakfak regency.

Another area known for its great marine tourism potential is Ugar village, located in Kokas district in Fakfak regency. Possessing a green island chain surrounded by blue waters, its scenery is reminiscent of the famed Raja Ampat. The island chain consists the Tupir, Katutifman, Baras, Rumawain, Sariga, and Pasir Timbul. These islands can be visited using a fibre sailing boat. Another unique feature is the archaeological remains in the form of cave drawings on the karst cliff walls. Ugar village recently received the Indonesian Tourism Village Award (ADWI) as First Runner Up in the Best Advanced Tourism Village category. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, the awards are given to communities advancing the tourism sector in efforts to accelerate the development of villages, as well as transforming the social, cultural, and economy of villages.

In addition to the marine tourism, Ugar village also has an historic old mosque in Papua, the old Patimburak Mosque, a centre of Islam in the region. The form of the mosque retains its old architecture and is unique as it looks like a combination of a mosque and church, proof of the strong religious tolerance in Fakfak regency, and an icon of the Muslim majority population.

One of the activities that can be enjoyed in Ugar is diving in its waters, and lucky divers may get the chance to swim alongside green and scaled turtles. In addition, there are many varieties of coral reefs such as the Arcopora, Anthozoa, Crinoidea, and Dendronephthya, while the variety of colourful fish species will provide a unique experience for divers.

Adapted from Tribun Papua Barat.

The city of Jayapura: its changing names throughout history

The city of Jayapura, which was once called Hollandia to Sukarnopura at night. (Photo: ist)

Jayapura is the capital of Papua Province. Since its establishment, it as been renamed numerous times. It is currently a modern city situated at the Yos Sudarso Bay, and acts as the gateway to Papua. It is also known as the city with the second-highest cost of living in Indonesia, after Jakarta.

The city of Jayapura was first established by Infantry Captaiin FJP Sachse of the Kingdom of Netherlands on 7 March 1910. Back then, it was known by the name Hollandia. The name endured from 1910 to 1962. The name itself referred to the capital of the district northeast of Western Papua.

In 1964, the city was renamed to Kota Baru, and then to Sukarnopura. In 1968, it was renamed to Jayapura, and remains so to this day. The name Jayapura comes from the Sanskrit language, and translates to ‘City of Victory’, with Jaya meaning victory and pura meaning city.

Jayapura meaures 940 km2 or 94.000 Hectares consists of 5 districts and is further divided into 25 wards, and 14 villages. To the north of the city is the Pacific Ocean, while its land borders Papua New Guinea in the East, Keerom Regency in the South and Jayapura Regency in the West. In mid-2021, the population of Jayapura numbered 362.998 people. In 1993, based on Law No. 6 1993, the region of Jayapura was expanded into the city and regency of Jayapura. The capital of Jayapura Regency is Sentani. In 2002, based on Law No. 26 2002 on the establishment of regencies in Papua Province, Jayapura Regency’s was further divided into 3 regencies, namely Jayapura, Sarmi dan Keerom. Jayapura is similar to other major cities in Indonesia. The number of vehicles in its roads often lead to long traffic jams. The area also boasts many buildings, befitting Jayapura’s status as a centre for business, investment, and trade. Jayapura’s tourism is continuously being developed. As a city with an extraordinary history, Jayapura has plenty of potential including mountains and seas in its vast area to attract potential tourists, waiting to be developed.

Adapted from iNews Papua.

Exploring the Cultural Attraction of Papua’s Baliem Valley

The Baliem Valley tourist destination in Wamena is home to the indigenous Papuan tribes (Instagram @habema_buseleck)

Papua, often referred to as the land of the black pearl, has many hidden gems in the form of beautiful tourism destinations waiting to be discovered by adventurous travellers. One of these is the Baliem Valley in Wamena.

As a tourism destination, the Baliem Valley is well-known for its cultural attraction. Quoted from Youtube Berwisata, the valley has it all, lakes, waterfalls, and unique peoples with their culture.

The Baliem Valley is located in Jayawijaya Mountains near Wamena, and the location allows one to be close to the indigenous peoples of Papua. Three indigenous tribes of Papua, the Dani, Lani, and Yali live side-by-side in peace in the valley.

One of the major attractions of the valley other than the cultutal aspect is the beauty of the landscape, particularly those who enjoy trekking.

The beautiful valley is located about 1600 metres above sea level and is surrounded by gorgeous natural vistas.

In order to reach the area, a traveller must first get to Sentani airport in Jayapura. Afterwards, the journey continues to Wamena where, upon arrival, various accommodation options are available, from hotels to traditional lodgings.

The valley’s surrounding areas are known for having the largest concentration of Muslims in Papua, namely in Papua’s Walesi district. According to the Dani tribe, Walesi is the centre of Islamic learning due to the Islamic schools that have been established there.

One of the main attractions that cannot be missed in the valley is the Baliem Valley Festival which performs the dramatization of the war between the Lani and Yali tribes.

The show that is performed is completely safe to watch, and has become a major attraction for domestic and foreign tourists.

The performance is held in August and lasts for three days, and is considered to hold positive significance for the community of the Baliem Valley, namely the hope that tomorrow will be better than today.

Overall, the draw of the traditional communities and their culture residing in the Baliem Valley make it a worthy destination for adventurous travellers.

Adapted from www.enampagi.id

Electric Assistance Program Completed, 1920 Papuan Households Receive Free Electricity Connection

The State Electricity Company (PLN) in cooperation with the Government and House of Representatives has completed its free electricity connection for 1920 low-income households all over Papua, West Papua, Central Papua, Southwest Papua, and South Papua provinces.

The New Electricity Connection Program (BPBL) was given as commitment to provide access to electricity for the whole community without exception. The assistance included installation, three lamps, an electrical socket, and an IDR 50.000 electricity token voucher. The assistance was well-received by the community, one of whom, Ferosina Sikan from Nabire stated that previously, she had to share electricity with a neighbour.

“Every three days we had to chip in IDR 20.000 to 50.000, I hope that this assistance will reduce our electricity bills. Thank you to the Government and PLN,” she said.

Nabire Regent, Mesak Magai, expressed his appreciation to the Government and PLN for the new electricity assistance program, which is much needed by the community.

“Today, I express my appreciation to PLN and the Government and also the Ministry for the current condition. Previously, lighting in Nabire Regency was like a disco lamp because it only operated 12 hours a day, if it was even on. The citizens of Nabire feel that this service from the central government and PLN is extraordinary,” he said.

According to the Wanhar, Director for Electricity Program Development at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Government is committed to continue increasing the electrification ratio. One of the ways to accomplish this is through the BPBL program.

“We express our gratitude to PLN and PLN ICON Plus who have made the BPBL program a success by preparing an information system to support implementation, payment, and monitoring of the program in 2022,” he said.

The Director also hopes that the cooperation can continue and be improved in the future, with the hope that it can improve the economic well-being of the community.

“We hope that the BPBL program can fulfil the electric energy needs of the community and raise the standard of living for more productive economic activities. In the future, we plan to increase the capacity of the assistance to 900 VA in 2023 to increase the community’s productivity,” he added.

Marthen Douw, member of the House’s Commission VII on a separate occasion stated that electricity is not only about lighting but can also increase the quality of life of the Papuan community. The availability of electricity can awaken the spirit of education for Papuan children and the economy of the community.

“Children can study in the evening, and the availability of electricity can spur home industries. However, the most important thing is that our children can study which will improve the quality of human resources in the future to compete with other countries,’ he said.

For this reason, Commission VII along with the Government and PLN will continue to collaborate.

“The House’s Commission VII and PLN will work together and continue to provide new electrical assistance so that Papua can be illuminated.” Douw explained.

According to the Special Advisor to the Board of Directors of PLN, Ismail Deu, PLN is ready to fulfil its duty in the field of electrification, and also conveys its appreciation to the support provided by many stakeholders in completing the BPBL program in Papua.

In 2022, PLN was given the BPBL target by the Government of 1920 households in Papua, which has been accomplished. According to Ismail, with regard to Nabire, PLN has given 24-hour access to electricity to 266 households.

“With the original target set at 247 households for Nabire Regency, we have successfully exceeded our target with 266 households. We thank all stakeholders for their cooperation and hope that it can continue in the future,” said Ismail during the BPBL program delivery ceremony in Nabire.

On the same occasion, PLN also presented assistance in the form of 247 basic necessity packages, in order to meet the community’s food demand.

Adapted from web.pln.co.id

Mansinam Island, Historical Religious Tourism Spot in West Papua

Divers from the Ketapang Dive Kwawi Community, want to plant coral reefs in Doreri Bay, Manokwari, West Papua (TribunPapuaBarat.com/Safwan Ashari Raharusun)

As one of Indonesia’s easternmost provinces, West Papua is known for its beautiful vistas. The points of interest found here are varied, having natural beauty and often also historical significance. One such destination is Mansinam Island, known as the place where Christianity first came to Papua. 

Much like many places in Papua, this island located a short distance from the city of Manokwari has scenic panoramas. It is roughly 410,97 hectares in size and is located 6 kolometres away from Manokwari, South of the Doreri Bay. To reach this island, one can take a motorboat from the city, a journey which takes 10 to 15 minutes.

The island is also well-known for its history, specifically related to the spread of Christianity. On 5 February 1855, two German missionaries, Carl Wiliam Ottow dan Johann Gottlob Geissler first taught the Bible to the Numfor tribe who dwelt on the island. They arrived on the island after having undertaken a long journey which took them all over Indonesia.  

Mansinam Island, a religious tourism asset in West Papua Province (Berita Satu)

Visitors can see religious monuments that tell the history of the island, including a cross monument located at the coast marking the arrival of Ottow dan Geissler on the island in 1885. The monument is inscribed with German words describing how the two were the first missionaries to arrive in Mansinam.

On the island is an old church called Lahai Roi as a place of worship. Next to it is an old well that the locals still draw water from. The well was also dug by Ottow dan Geissler. The locals believe that water from the well is holy, and has the power to heal many diseases. Visitors to the island often take the opportunity to use the well’s water to wash their faces and drink the water as it is considered clean and natural.

Not far from the area is the island’s most well-known landmark, which is the large statue of Jesus Christ. An imposing monument to the spread of Christianity in the region, the statue is 35 metres tall. The statue was built by the Government in honour of the history of the island. The statue’s form is very similar to the Christ the Redeemer statue found in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The statue is located on top of a hill, a walk which can take around 20 minutes. Every year on February 5, thousands of people gather from all over Papua to Mansinam Island to hold a celebration to commemorate the historic day the two missionaries arrived at the island. As a destination for religious tourism, the island has a lot of potential. In developing the island, the Government can ensure that the local community will benefit, increasing their welfare from tourism.

Adapted from Berita Satu and Tribun Papua Barat.

Home Minister:  Sorong as Southwest Papua Capital, optimizing public services

View of Sorong Harbor, Sorong City, West Papua. (SHUTTERSTOCK / Widhibek)

According to Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian, the establishment of the Southwest Papua province aims to make development and prosperity of the Papuan people more equitable.

Through the inauguration of the autonomous region, the bureaucratic process, which was previously based in Manokwari, can be shortened upon being moved to Sorong as capital of the Southwest Papua province.

“We also hope to shorten the bureaucracy, no longer needing to coordinate, communicate between Manokwari and Sorong Raya, we now only need to travel to Sorong as the capital,” said Tito in his address after inaugurating the province of Southeast Papua at the Home Ministry in Jakarta, as broadcasted by the Home Ministry’s YouTube on Friday (9/12.2022).

Tito explained that the establishment of the new province in Papua is a solution for optimizing public services. This step can shorten the government’s span of control to be more efficient and effective, in line with the principles of good governance.

“There needs to be expansion in order to shorten bureaucracy since it is no easy task to cut down lengthy bureaucracy in a geographical environment as tough as Papua, as well as very high level of population distribution,” he said.

In addition, he has requested all concerned parties to assist the Acting Governor of Southwest Papua Muhammad Masa’ad who was appointed to develop the new province. Southwest Papua was inaugurated as a new province, making it Indonesia’s 38th province.

The inauguration was conducted by Home Minister Tito Karnavian on behalf of President Joko Widodo on Friday, 9 December. The inauguration was marked by the beating of a tifa, and continued with the signing of the inscription of the Southwest Papua Province by the Home Minister. The Bill for the establishment of the Southwest Papua Province was passed into law during the plenary of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) on 17 November 2022. The bill was then passed into Law No. 29 year 2022. The province’s establishment underwent a long process, starting from the submission of the people’s aspirations to the Home Affairs Ministry, Regional House of Representatives, and House of Representatives, as well as from Papuan figures to the President.

Adapted from Kompas.

Sail Cenderawasih Bay 2023 for Papuan prosperity, Indonesia as World Maritime Fulcrum

Papuan fishermen use motorized boats assisted by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries to manage the fishery potential of the Biak Numfor waters. ANTARA/Muhsidin

Sail Cenderawasih Bay (STC) 2023 will be held in Papua. This event aims to strengthen the government’s vision, namely making Indonesia the world maritime fulcrum. In addition, it aims to accelerate development in Papua, especially in Biak Numfor regency in the economic and tourism fields, which in turn will improve prosperity of Papuans.

Biak Numfor is a strategic region owing to its location at the mouth of the Pacific islands. The archipelago has great tourism, fishery, and maritime potential, which benefit the region’s economy. President Joko Widodo aspires for Indonesia to become the world’s maritime fulcrum. To realise that goal, marine potential must be supported so that it can be further developed as a source of prosperity for the Indonesian people.

The goal of staging the STC 2023 is to accelerate the development of marine resources and tourism to increase the prosperity of the people, particularly those living in the coastal areas and small islands of ancestral Sareri lands. The STC 2023 event is in line with the President’s priority agenda of Nawacita to develop Indonesia from the periphery by strengthening regions and villages within Indonesia.

According to Velix Wanggai, the Vice President’s Deputy Secretary for Government Policy the staging of the event is a government effort to speed up development in Papua, particularly in traditional Sareri lands. These lands consist of the regencies of Biak Numfor, Supiori, Waropen and Yapen Islands. These are located in the Pacific region and are rich in fishery, maritime, and tourism potential.

“STC 2023 will not only be filled with ceremonial events, but was created to improve the economy of indigenous Papuan communities,” he said in a statement on 5 December 2022.

The wealth of Papua’s marine fishery sector as well as marine tourism in the Sareri ancestral areas present great potential for developing the tourism industry in the region. Some areas such as the Biak and Supiori islands are strategically located at the mouth of the Pacific Ocean, with tourism, fisheries, and culture as their leading sectors. Other areas with great potential include the Yapen islands that are well-known for being the habitat of birds of paradise as well as its turtle conservation program, as well as Asiwerini island, known for its vast mangrove forest, earning it the epithet of ‘land of 100 mangroves’. With such abundant resources, STC 2023 is a concrete example of government policy to raise the economic potential and develop the Papuan tourism sector as a priority regional program. In addition, it is hoped that the event can strengthen the unity of traditional Papuan communities and accelerate development in the region.

Adapted from: iNews and Antara

The History of Noken Day, Papua’s Cultural Heritage

Noken is made from tree bark and roots and is usually used to carry daily needs. Photo: Doc: Flickr/Bernard Agapa

The date 4 December is a special moment for the Papuan noken, the traditional knitted bag that is rich in historical significance. On that very day in 2012, the Papuan noken was named an Intangible Cultural Heritage by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France. Ever since then, the World Noken Day has been celebrated every year.

The noken being named as an intangible cultural heritage of Papua was in large part due to the efforts of Titus Chris Perkey, Head of the Papua Ecology Agency. Back then that he strove to get the noken nominated as a Papuan cultural heritage at UNESCO.

It was on 4 December 2012 that Titus Chris Pekey accompanied Prof. Wiendu Nuryati, Vice Minister for Culture at the Ministry of Education and Culture (2011-2014) while in Paris.

The submission of noken as an intangible cultural heritage was welcomed by UNESCO. As a result, noken followed the wayang, keris, angklung, and the saman dance as an Indonesian intangible cultural heritage named by UNESCO.

The noken is a multifunctional knitted bag from Papua, Indonesia. The traditional bag may only be made by native Papuan women.

Its making requires specific materials, and consists of wood fibre, leaves, orchid stems, and natural colouring derived from plants.

Despite its simplicity, the Papuan Noken is imbued with unique values and philosophy. This traditional item is considered a symbol of life, peace, and fertility for the Papuan people. In addition, it also holds the values of sharing, democracy, and truth.

In addition, the noken is also a symbol of maturity for women in Papua. The level of maturity of a Papuan woman is measured by her mastery of noken crafting. Those who are still unable are considered immature and not yet marriageable.

Noken are commonly used to carry everyday necessities, such as groceries, harvested items, personal belongings, school equipment, firewood. In addition, it is also used for swaddling babies.

Unlike common bags, the usage of noken can be considered unique. The women usually hang the noken from their forehead or head and drape it behind their backs. The men carry them differently, and hang them around their neck.

Adapted from Sejarah Hari “Noken Sedunia, Warisan Budaya Papua”

Developing Papua’s Youth Potential through the Papua Youth Creative Hub

Development in Papua has seen much progress in the past few years, with tangible benefits that are being felt by the its communities. In terms of infrastructure, the Government has opened up previously isolated areas, increasing access as well as connectivity throughout the region. Papua now has roads, bridges, settlements, and other public facilities similar in quality those found in other major cities. This has dispelled the widely-held notion that the development in Indonesia focuses too much in certain areas, ignoring the country’s periphery. An often-overlooked aspect of this development is the human dimension, as the drive to improve human resources in Papua has become an important objective.

The development of quality human resources in Papua is considered equally vital as the building of infrastructure, as it will improve the ability of Papuans to, among other things, manage their natural resources. The ability to manage these resources well will in turn will improve the welfare of Papuans as a whole. The Government’s efforts in this regard are apparent, and nothing represents this better than the construction of the Papua Youth Creative Hub.

In essence, the Papua Youth Creative Hub is a centre for developing young talent and is projected to become a place to gather the best and brightest young talent from various scientific disciplines in Papua.

It is hoped that the Creative Hub can make a greater contribution in reducing the number of unemployed and poverty. The hub is located in Wahno, Abepura District in the city of Jayapura. It is currently in the middle of construction on 15.000 sqm tract of land, with the main building measuring 3.520 sqm with other buildings measuring 1812 sqm. The building is located 11 km from Jayapura.

President Joko Widodo expressed his hope that the Papua Youth Creative Hub will serve as an engine and centre for the development of young talent in Papua.

Youth Papua Creative Hub Able to Advance Papuan Human Resources

“I am sure that there is plenty of potential that is still untapped and undeveloped. That is our task in Papua and West Papua. There is plenty of talent in the fields of science, art and culture, as well as sports, and it is a major task for all of us to prepare good management, good talent management that is well arranged,” said the President at the Papua Youth Creative Hub’s ground-breaking on 2 October 2022.

The President continued that he is certain that the youth of Papua have much potential to develop. He added that the there is excellent talent in various fields. The Papua Youth Creative Hub will hopefully contain various talented individuals, such as millennial farmers, digital ecosystems, as well as developing research and innovation. He expressed his confidence that the future of Papua, as well as Indonesia, lies in the Papua Youth Creative Hub.

A number of planned facilities at the hub included co-working spaces, spaces for learning technology, digital technology, product innovations, a concert hall, dormitories and sports facilities. These facilities will hopefully serve as tools for enhancing the potential of Papua’s youth so that they may utilise their talents for the benefit of the country.

The Papua Youth Creative Hub will hopefully become the locus for and engine powering the development of exceptional talent in Papua as well as serve as a centre of creativity for the youth of Papua to strengthen the existing innovative ecosystem. This will then improve and develop their talents, whether in the domestic or international arenas.

Adapted from Membangun SDM Muda Papua Melalui Papua Youth Creative Hub