Accelerating Papua Development, Government Plans Papua Development Authority

The office of Bappenas in Jakarta - Jubi/Victor Mambor
The office of Bappenas in Jakarta – Jubi/Victor Mambor

Jakarta, Jubi – Despite the failure of the Papua and Papua Barat Development Acceleration Unit, the Indonesian government is planning to form another development institution in Papua called the Papua Development Authority (PDA).

PDA would have special authority and flexibility in both the management system and implementation of activities for accelerating the development through the synchronization of sectoral development and territorial customary, and by considering the political aspect and the weakness of program management ‘machine’ in the Central Government.

“Its tasks include planning and creating budget policies, delegation, implementation, and controlling,” Rd. Siliwanti, MPIA, Director of BAPPENAS, told Jubi at Training Center of the State Ministry Office in Jakarta, Thursday (9/6/2016).

Its steering committee would consist of the president, several ministers and the governors of Papua and Papua Barat. The Steering Committee would be assigned to build a political development consensus between the Central Government and Provincial Government of Papua and Papua Barat; to provide general guidance and public policy; and to provide guidance on the implementation and control of development policy; as well as to provide guidance, policy and control over budget management.

Besides to PDA, the Government is considering three alternatives, said Siliwanti. “There is also a plan to form an institution called Coordination and Strategic Management Agency, that would be under the Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs in order to optimize the performance of ministries or institutions at the central level,” said Siliwanti.

Of the four alternatives, according to her, based on review by BAPPENAS team, only PDA has a chance to be well implemented. “It’s only the government’s idea. Inputs from any stakeholders are still opened. So far, we are up to the stage of discussion, dialogue.  No decision yet,” said Siliwanti.

She also added this idea has been also discussed with the provincial government of Papua and Papua Barat through Regional Development Planning Agency (BAPPEDA) of both provinces.

Further she said the institution would not only concern to development problems, but also to solve the human rights violation and security problems in Papua. However these ideas need to be discussed separately.

“It is such idea, but it needs to be discussed separately. For example, there is input from Ms. Adriana Elisabeth from LIPI (Indonesian Science Institute) that the institution should only focus on the problems related to the development, but it needs to make synergy and coordination with other institutions working on the human rights and security resolution,” said Siliwanti. (Victor Mambor/rom)