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Indonesia stock exchange targets 2 thousand investors from West Papua



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Manokwari, Jubi – The Indonesia Stock Exchange (BEI) has set a target of an increase of 2 thousand investors from West Papua Province by 2018.

Head of BEI Office of Manokwari, Adevi Sabath, said during a media gathering in Manokwari, the capital of the province, on Saturday that the number of investors in West Papua shares in 2017 reached 906 people.

In January 2018, the number increased to 956 people. Sabath stated that the office will work optimally to encourage more people to invest through securities offices under the BEI.

According to Sabath, only the cities of Manokwari and Sorong dominated the number of investors from the province. In other areas of the province, the number of investors was not significant enough.

“We are still expanding campaign and literacy programs by targeting various circles, from students to communities,” Sabath stated.

He remarked that there are only five investment galleries currently formed, which were in the University of Papua and Institute of Economic Science of Mah-Eisa in Manokwari city, and in Viktoria University, Institute of Economic Science of Bukit Zaitun, and University of Muhammadiyah in Sorong city.

In addition to providing services in the investment galleries, the Monokwari`s BEI Office is carrying out educational training for the community of motorcycle drivers.

“We see that the communities have quite high interest in investing their capital. Recently, many people in the areas were deceived while investing their capital,” Sabath explained.

Reindhra Nadyarian Artika Putri, the Manokwari`s Indo Premier Representative Officer, was optimistic that the investors` transaction value in West Papua Province will increase in 2018.

“In 2019, from 285 investors, the transaction value reached Rp11.9 billion. In February 2018, from 35 investors, the transaction value reached Rp3.5 billion,” Putri revealed.

Putri believed that the value of stock purchase transactions until the end of December 2018 would be much larger than last year. (*)


Yahukimo, the entrance of gold miners to Pegunungan Bintang Province




Yahukimo community with six tribal chiefs came to Yahukimo Local Parliament (DRPD) Office asking for the determination of illegal mining – Jubi doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Yahukimo Regent Abock Busup said that Dekai City, the capital of Yahukimo District, is one of the entrances for miners to get to the mining site in Kawe Village, Awimbon Sub-district of Pegunungan Bintang District, Papua Province.

“The local government of Pegunungan Bintang allows the mining activity in Kawe Village. However, those miners come through Dekai,” said Busup in Jayapura last week.

According to him, the access from Dekai to Kawe Village can be reached in about twenty minutes by land transport and aeroplane. This easy access has made the miners from other regions in Papua or even from outside of Papua tends to choose Dekai as the entry point to the mine site.

“The migrant miners fly to Dekai before continuing their journey to Kawe Village by land transport,” he said.

However, the gold mine is not only existed in Pegunungan Bintang, but also in Yahukimo District, which forced an indigenous group joined in IS-UKAM (The Association of Una, Kopkaka, Arumtap, Arupkor, Mamkot and Momuna tribes) who urge the determination of mining activities in this area.

The Secretary of IS-UKAM Timeus Aruman said the mining companies in this area are suspected to bringing in many workers from other islands of Indonesia, namely Java, Sulawesi, Sumatra and Kalimantan.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Una-Ukam Tribe Yakobus Kisamlu similarly said his community has refused the illegal mining and stated that two gold minings in Kawe Village of Awimbon Sub-district of Pegunungan Bintang District and Yahowimo Village of Suntamon Sub-district are prohibited, and UKAM community as the owner of land rights reject the mining companies.

The Determination of People’s Mine Site

Abock Busup also said that he was trying to close the people’s mine site in his region. However, he further said the closure of this mine site needs further study and analysis. The government also needs to listen to suggestions and inputs from many stakeholders to find out the benefits and drawbacks of a gold mine site in this area.

‘If there is a dispute or victims, who will be responsible? So, this needs to be reviewed, a prior study before establishing a regulation to address these problems,” he said.

The local parliament, according to him, has formed a Special Committee (Pansus) and sent a letter asking the owners of five helicopters that had been carrying the miners into the mining area to stop the operations of their helicopters.

“On 17 September 2018, we have sent a letter to ask the helicopters to keep staying in Yahukimo,” he said.

It’s to avoid conflict because the local community might suspect the helicopters are used to transport people to the mining location. “If there is a conflict, people will accuse it as human rights violations, or they will accuse the government of not paying attention and many other reasons even though the government was already strict,” he said.

The location of people’s mine site in Yahukimo, he said, is in Seredala Sub-district. It takes 30 minutes by land from Dekai, the capital of Yahukimo District. “Indeed, up to now the (mining) activities continue to run, but they have been reduced,” he said.

Meanwhile, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe recently also stated that he refused illegal mining in Papua because it damages the nature of Papua. “From now on there will be no illegal activities in Papua because Papua is now under the supervision of the United Nations (UN),” said Enembe.

Moreover, the governor said the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) keeps a letter from the UN to protect the forests and land of Papua. “The point is that there should be no illegal activities including illegal fishing, illegal logging and illegal mining as well. All those activities should be banned on Papua’s land,” he said. (*)


Reporter: Arjuna Pademme
Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Jayapura presents Tanah Merah Maritime Festival in November




The coastal indigenous dance performed at the Tanah Merah Maritime Festival last year. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – the Local government of Jayapura District started a campaign introducing the Maritime Festival of Tanah Merah (FBTM) that will be held from 19 to 21 November 2018 in Entiyebo, Tablanusu Village, Depapre Sub-district.

FBFM, which held in 2014 for the first time, is part of the annual tourism agenda of the local government along with the Lake Sentani Festival.

The Acting Head of Culture and Tourism Office of Jayapura District Benyamin Yerisetouw said his office has campaigned about this event to some village heads and community leaders in the five coastal sub-districts within the district.

“Our target is, by 19 to 21 November, all communities can participate in this event, in particular, those from the coastal areas, as well as domestic and international tourists,” Yerisetouw explained when met in his office on Friday (9/14/2018).

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Indonesian Commerce of Chamber and Industry of Jayapura District Hengky Yoku said the economic development of the local community relies on its potential resources.

“This area has many activities which can promote the cultural history of the local community. When this comes in forms of festival or performance, there is an economic value that resulted from transactions of local community and visitors who attend the event.” (*)


Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Migration is a factor of increasing poverty in Papua




Indigenous Papuans. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Septer Manufandu, the former Executive Secretary of Non-Governmental Organization Working Forum of Papua (FOKER LSM Papua), stated stakeholders in Papua need to the right solution to strict the flow of migration into Papua.

So far, he said that Papua is an open region and anyone is free to come to Papua without strict control. Therefore he urges the authority to establish a proper mechanism to control the migration, but respect everyone’s right at the same time.

“In the Special Regulation about Population, it does not prohibit people outside of Papua to enter Papua, but rather to control it. So migrants must have a clear purpose coming to Papua,” Manufandu told Jubi on Friday (9/9/2018).

Meanwhile, a Papua Parliament Member Mustakim said a factor that causes the increase in the percentage of poverty in Papua is the rapid influx of migrants.

“No matter how hard the government tried to reduce the poverty rate in Papua, it becomes difficult to work as people from the outside continue to come,” said Mustakim.

Furthermore, he said a proper solution to regulate the influx of population in Papua is the government should stipulate the provincial regulation (Perdasi) or special regional regulation (Perdasus) on migration. (*)


Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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