Solomon Islands Delegation Visited Papua, Papua Is Open to Anyone

JAYAPURA, – After the meeting with Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs in Jakarta on Monday (23/4/2018), the Ambassador of Solomon Islands to Indonesia HE Salana Kalu led a delegation to visit Papua Province on Tuesday (24/4).

For two days in Jayapura City, the delegation visited Indonesia-PNG border, saw the construction of the Papuan stadium in Kampung Harapan Jayapura and Hamadi-Holtekamp bridge. The construction of the new stadium and the bridge is part of Papua’s preparation to host National Sport Event called Pekan Olahraga Nasional (National Sport Weeks) in 2020.

“So, the Ambassador of Solomon Islands together with the delegation, for two days in Jayapura, they were satisfied and appreciated to the Government of Indonesia for the great attention to Papua,” acting Governor of Papua Soedarmo told reporters on Wednesday (25/4/18).

According to Soedarmo, Papua is now open to anyone. Even the development undertaken by the Government of Indonesia in 29 districts / cities are running well.

“The development undertaken by the government of Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla in various aspects. Ambassador of Solomon and his entourage were very satisfied with the existing development. I have explained the development program built by the Indonesian government, and to prove it, the Ambassador and entourage went straight to the field to check by themself what I explained,” he said.

The former Acting Governor of Aceh added that the information told by the Government of Indonesia to the Ambassador that made the Ambassador came to Papua to see closely, what had Government built in Papua as well as other provinces in Indonesia.

However, Soedarmo said there are still groups from the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and other groups, who continue to vocalize the freedom movement in Papua.

Soedarmo said many information related to development in Papua is diverted. The government is trying to build Papua for the better. “They (the delegation) are amazed by the development in Papua, now the government gives great attention, in fact, President Jokowi has visited Papua for nine times,” he said.

He continued, the Indonesian government knows there are groups that always provide false information about Papua to the countries in the Pacific region. Yes, it’s a group like ULMWP and KNPB, they are disturbing the political, security, and economic stability in Papua,” he asserted.

In addition, Soedarmo opened himself to dialogue with the groups. Therefore, the government does not forbid to criticize, but if the critics are constructive.

“I am ready to talk, anytime, with KNPB, ULMWP, me as acting governor ready to dialogue. But dialogue on how we develop Papua together in the future. I am also ready for informal dialogue, may be in a cafe, it doesn’t have to be in the office,” he said.


Minister Wiranto Invited Solomon Islands Delegation to Visit Papua

Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto conveyed that there is a lot of information about Indonesia, especially related to Papua and West Papua which has been deviated or not in accordance with reality. He added that information about Indonesia colonizing West Papua, and that there is still war ongoing that takes casualties in Papua and West Papua is not true.

The Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs received a visit from Solomon Island delegation at the office of Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Jakarta, on Monday (23/4/2018). In the meeting, the Minister also said that the Indonesian government invited the Pacific countries to see and witness the conditions in Papua.

“I invite my friends from Solomon to come to Indonesia, see Jakarta, see Papua and West Papua, and talk to the people in Papua. We ask that (because) what they hear before coming to Indonesia is not true. This is our way of convincing many countries because nowadays, especially with very strong social media influences, (there are) a lot of misinformation,” said Minister Wiranto.

Minister Wiranto also said that he was very sad if the false information related to Papua and West Papua is considered true by the international world. Therefore, such information needs to be proofed otherwise.

“I myself have been to the Pacific, have been to Nauru, met many friends from the Pacific. I have to say, they also believe my story (about Papua), but it will be more believable if they see Indonesia by themself,” he added.

In addition, Chief of Prime Minister Solomon Island Office John Teddie Usuramo said that the visit was expected to build a better relationship between Indonesia and Solomon Island. He also said that by visiting Papua, one can create a common understanding between the two countries.

“There is a lot of information (related to Papua) in the media and social media, maybe some information is not true, then we have to come and see for ourselves, and Indonesia allows us to visit Papua,” said John Teddie.

Also attending the meeting, Ambassador Solomon Island to Indonesia H.E. Salana Kalu, Special Secretary for Foreign Relations of Prime Minister Solomon Island Office Rance Sore , representatives from the Civil Society Organization (CSO), Secretary of Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Lieutenant General Yoedhi Swastono, Deputy for Foreign Policy Lutfi Rauf, Chair of Papua Special Autonomy Desk Andrie TU Soetarno, as well as Papuan figures Nicholas Simeone Messet and Franz Albert Joku.

Source: Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs

Picture: Minister Wiranto Received a Visit from Solomon Islands Delegation (Jakarta, 23/04)

Dozens of Teacher Evacuated from Kampung Aroanop, Tembagapura District

After three days of conflict with the armed separatist group, on Thursday (19/4) Indonesian armed forces managed to evacuate dozens of teachers from Kampung (Village) Aroanop, Tembagapura District to the capital of Mimika Regency in Timika. Out of a total of 18 teachers, 13 have been evacuated. The other five are still waiting for the evacuation process.

The operation was led by Colonel Infantry Frits Pelamonia. Army troops were divided into 4 teams and managed to infiltrate and surround the area around the Aroanop since Thursday morning at 05.30 WIT. Knowing their position was surrounded the separatist group ran scattered and fled to the north towards Kampung Jagamin.

Having control over Arwanop village, rescue teams from the Indonesian army soon rescue teachers who had been collected and guarded by local residents at the home of Arwanop village chief Mr. Yonatan Beanal.

Rescue teams found the teachers of the victims of acts of abuse and rape of OPN OPM in a very poor condition. The teachers looked very frightened, depressed and anxious. The rape victim also suffered severe depression. There were bruises and wounds on the teacher’s face due to severe persecution by separatist group a few days earlier.

The teachers were immediately transported by army helicopter and flown to Timika. A total of 13 teachers consisting of 7 male teachers and 6 female teachers were successfully evacuated on Thursday morning at around 09.05. While the rest of 5 teachers have not been successful in evacuation due to weather condition in Aroanop.

The teachers who are still in Arwanop are currently guarded by the army. Arriving in Timika, female teachers were immediately rushed to Charitas Hospital, Kuala Kencana District, Mimika for medical examination and care. The rest of the teacher will be evacuated on Friday (20/4). However, Frits and Kodam XVII / Cendrawasih cannot provide certainty of departure time from Timika because it is impossible to fly helicopter in a bad weather condition.

According to Frits Pelamonia, the group is a joint Papuan separatist who used to move from Ilaga in Puncak regency. In addition, they are also used to working with other groups from Puncak Jaya. Therefore, he is very grateful as his team was able to evacuate dozens of teachers from Aroanop.

One of the teacher named Rano Samsul said that he witnessed how dozens of armed separatist members move quickly entering Aroanop.

“So, they went into the village quickly and held us for 45 minutes,” he explained. Rano admitted he did not know the purpose of their action.


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Minister Wiranto Wants to Visit Merauke

After the recent visit of President Joko Widodo to Papua, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto also plans to review the development of the border in Merauke, Papua with the National Border Management Agency (BNPP). It is a government attention, to never abandoned the border areas.

“My plan is to go to Papua to review the construction of the border, in Merauke. As well as to see the projects that have been completed, then we inaugurate, “said Wiranto in his official statement on Saturday (14/4).

Wiranto said that after receiving BNPP presentation on Integrated Border Development of 2018 at the Office of the Coordinating Ministry for Political and Security Affairs, Jakarta, Friday, 13 of April. The meeting was also attended by Acting Secretary of BNPP Widodo Sigit Pudjianto, Secretary General of the Ministry Lieutenant General Yoedhi Swastono, and officials of Kemenko Polhukam.

The Minister added that, according to the government-promoted program (nawacita) under President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla, BNPP has the duty and function as coordinator and agency that synchronizes the development of the border areas.

“So if anyone says that we are neglecting the border area is wrong, because one of our current focus is development in the border area. For what? In addition to infrastructure at the border, to build the economy, for equity and so on,” he concluded.



Pict. Source: Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs’s Documentation

What to Note from President Joko Widodo’s Eighth Visit to Papua

President Joko Widodo is scheduled to make a work trip to West Papua and Papua provinces from Wednesday (11/4) to Friday (13/4). This will be his eighth visit to the easternmost provinces of Indonesia since he took office in October 2014. Upon his arrival, President Widodo is to hand over land titles to Papuan residents and visit the Mama-Mama Market in the evening.

The Mama-Mama market is a large new purpose-built market for West Papuan women vendors in downtown Jayapura. Started its operation in January 2018, the market is a way of empowering Papuan women who are the key players in the traditional markets where fresh, home-grown product are sold. It aims to enable better grassroots participation in economic development in Papua. For many years the Papuan capital lacked an adequate central market in Jayapura, with women vendors left to sell in an unused car park on a busy street corner. The market complex has streamlined electricity and modern toilet facilities. It is designed in a way to offer the Papuan a way to better market their produce, literally lifting their wares off the floor.

On the day after, President Widodo is scheduled to visit the construction of Holtekamp bridge in Jayapura. The bridge is expected to operate in 2019. Upon its completion, the bridge is likely to cut travel time from Jayapura to Muara Tami as well as cross country border post of Skouw that delimits Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The existence of this bridge can cut time up to 60 minutes from Jayapura to Muara Tami and Skouw which originally can take up to 2,5-hour drive, and therefore accelerating cross-border economic activities in the area. Holtekamp Bridge is also expected to become an icon in Papua, especially Jayapura.

Subsequently, upon his visit to Asmat regency, President Widodo is to ensure continuous treatment after measles and malnutrition outbreak occurred last year in the area. In addition, President Widodo also wants to listen directly to inputs from the community in the district. In the West Papua province, President Widodo will visit an early childhood education unit (PAUD) and meet inspirational women, among other things on the agenda.

President’s visit to Papua is perceptibly intended to accelerate the development in Papua and West Papua province. It is also to assert that building infrastructure in the periphery and outer islands is part of the concrete efforts to suppress development inequality.


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Reducing Inequality in West Papua by Accelerating Infrastructure Development

Until 2019, the Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Area and Transmigration (DPDTT) is prioritizing the program of eradicating 80 disadvantaged areas to make it developed areas, from the 122 areas classified as disadvantaged areas. In addition, the DPDTT Ministry is also prioritizing the acceleration of development in 39,091 disadvantaged villages and 17,268 villages that are very much behind.

The program is part of the National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) of 2015-2019 with a target of increasing the economic growth of underdeveloped regions to 7.24 percent by 2019. Next is to reduce the percentage of the poor in disadvantaged areas to 14.00 percent and increase the Index Human Development (HDI) to about 69.59 percent.

In order for these targets to be achieved, a strategy that works is needed. Among other things is to utilize natural resources for the greatest prosperity of the people, and implement the pattern of development by minimizing regional inequality.

Most important are qualified human resources, innovation, creativity and ability to apply the right technology. Next is to encourage investment that can increase people’s productivity.

As we know, the 122 underdeveloped regions in Indonesia are spread in 19 regencies in Sumatera, 6 regencies in Java and Bali, 12 regencies in Kalimantan, 18 regencies in Sulawesi, 26 regencies in East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara, 14 regencies in Maluku, and 33 regencies in Papua.

Based from data, it is seen that the eastern part of Indonesia is the most abundant area. Therefore, there must be a policy effort to reduce the gap with the acceleration of infrastructure development, potential management, and development of a more independent transmigration area.

This is not certainly an easy job. There must really be a mature readiness in order for the target to alleviate the disadvantaged areas and make them better. At a minimum, the disadvantaged areas should already have access to areas with a running economy. Therefore, an exchange of economic value of society will exists.

West Papua also Applies a New Scheme on the Utilization of the Special Autonomy (Otsus) Fund. In 2018, West Papua province received a special autonomy fund (Otsus) of Rp. 2.4 trillion and additional special autonomy infrastructure funds amounting to Rp.1.6 trillion. The amount of additional funds is greater than last year, which was only Rp. 875 billion.

Starting this year, the distribution of Otsus funds in West Papua uses a new scheme as set forth in the West Papua Regional Development Plan (RPJMD) 2017-2022, of which 90 percent of the special autonomy funds are handed over to regencies / municipalities while provinces only manage 10 percent.

In relation, the West Papua Provincial Government affirmed that all regency / municipal governments are obliged to carry out the management of special autonomy fund with full responsibility and transparency, while the accountability report on the use of special autonomy funds must be submitted periodically on time.

Meanwhile, for additional infrastructure funding, management is handed over to the Public Works Department and the Transportation Department. The funds will be used to accelerate infrastructure development such as roads and bridges.

To evaluate the progress of each region in the implementation of Otsus, the regional heads agreed to hold meetings and presentations of Otsus development results every year, and it will be conducted in Teluk Wondama Regency this year.



Pict from: Ministry of Village and DPDTT

Success Story from West Papua for the West Papuan

The number of negative news about West Papua does not make these West Papuan children stop working hard to build West Papua. A number of students even get scholarships from top universities in the UK.

Billy Mambrasar is one of the West Papuan students who continues his Master of Science studies at Said Business School, Oxford University. Billy also got a scholarship once in Australia and joined a student exchange program to Harvard University, United States.

Billy who was once a cake seller in the traditional market could not believe that he can continue his studies up to Oxford University. “Hopefully this can be an inspiration for the poor children of Indonesia and other West Papuans that entering ivy league universities is not impossible,” said Billy.

Other stories come from Rio Albert, who is taking doctoral programs in sociology and social policy at Southampton Univeristy, in England. Rio is a child from Wamena. Rio admitted that he used to come late to school due to the unpredictable fog that covered his way to school.

At the time of junior high school finally Rio chose to continue school in Jayapura to seek a better education. “I heard from my sister who went to school in Jayapura that the school is better than in my village, the challenge is to stay far away from the family, because I have no family in Jayapura,” explained Rio.

Advancing Indonesia

Rio and Billy and other fellow students form a group in social media, “the Papua Scolarship”, there are also career centers, internships and courses. Rio and Billy want to motivate to the younger siblings to be more active in learning.

Not only that, Billy has also established an organization called “Kitong Bisa”, an institution founded by several other young Indonesia professionals. Kitong Bisa provide entrepreneurial training for young people in remote areas, especially in Aceh and West Papua.

Stories that are not less interesting came from George Saa, a graduate student, majoring in Materials Engineering in Birmingham, England. Previously he took a course in Aerospace Engineering in Florida, USA. While in high school he had won the First Step world competition at the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004.

George has some dreams for the land of West Papua and Indonesia. He wishes the primary school to be free of charge, provides school buses and free lunch. “In my opinion, primary school should be free, school children should be picked up every day to go home, lunch should be provided free of charge at school, and special coaching programs should be given for special skills for junior high school students. For university, I envision to initiate research collaboration and complete research database system. For West Papuan campuses, I want to create a design center with small-scale manufacturing capability. My goal, namely ‘product creation’, is the creation of technology-based products that will be very profitable for the region in various aspects such as economy and business,” George said as quoted from

Source: GNFI

Picture: Oxford University