Papua and West Papua provinces have great potential to become the driving force of eastern Indonesia’s economy through the abundance of their natural resources in various sectors of fisheries, agriculture, plantation, agro and food industries, marine and natural tourism, and mining.
In accordance with the Government Work Plan (RKP) of 2018, the regional development programs undertaken by the government this year are focused on growth and even distribution of development. West Papua Has Great Potential to be East Indonesia’s Economic Driving Force.
The growth of regional development in 2018 will be driven through the growth of the service processing and agriculture sectors. Increasing the contribution of these sectors is carried out in line with the continuous development of strategic areas in areas that have become main prime movers, such as; Special Economic Zones (KEK), Industrial Zones (KI), Urban Areas (megapolitan and metropolitan), Tourism and Agricultural-based Areas and Potential Areas such as Agropolitan and Minapolitan.
In terms of development distribution, the regional development policies are directed to narrow the gap between regions, especially the development of Indonesia‘s Western and Eastern Regions, including rural areas, underdeveloped regions and borders.
The policy undertaken by the government for Papua and West Papua is to encourage the transformation and acceleration of infrastructure development and encourage increase in investment.
The target of regional development in 2018 is aimed at growth and equity among regions by further enhancing the role of the economy, in which the roles of Papua and West Papua regions towards the national economy is expected to increase with focus on developing the potentials and advantages in each region.
Furthermore, infrastructure development in Papua and West Papua in 2018 is aimed at reducing intra-regional gaps, especially in mountainous areas.
In the economic sector, Papua and West Papua provinces are expected to increase their contribution to 1.88 percent of the national economy with an average economic growth of at least 6 percent this year.
In addition, the policy direction of development in Papua and West Papua is also aimed at supporting efforts in realizing Regional Development based on Indigenous Peoples supported by reliable infrastructure and facilities.
Illustration: Jayapura City