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Papua Women Traders Consider Bank Irritated

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Jigibama traditional market in Wamena, jayawijaya District - Jubi

Jigibama traditional market in Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency – Jubi

Wamena, Jubi – To ask the certainty on the business grant promised by the local government, Papuan women traders of Potikelek Market came to Jayawijaya Cooperation and Industry Office in Wamena on last week.

Traders Coordinator Elesabet Lokobal said to Jubi on Thursday (10/3/2015), the women traders in Potikelek Market said the business grant was actually provided this year after statement by Jayawijaya Legislative Council in their reses time in the early of 2016.

Therefore, Lokobal who represented other women questioned about the existence of the grant and how to process the installment and who would get it.

In response, the Secretary of Jayawijaya Cooperation and Industry Office Karel Tuhupuring who accepted dozens of Papua women traders at his office said it was a promise of the local government but just could be realized in 2016, which the amount is Rp 1 billion and would be distributed in near future.
He also explained the Cooperation and Industry Office is in charge and these funds are already under the custody of regional treasurer and later would be distributed by Bank Papua.

He also asked the Papua women traders to immediately provide any related administrative requirement concerning to the distribution of funds as bank loan instead of direct grant.

Papua women traders in response the answer said they refuse the bank’s involvement in term of grants distribution because they think it would displease them. As because of the Cooperation and Industry Office could not guarantee whether the money would distributed as grant or bank loan, the protesters returned to Jayawijaya Regent Office to protest and voice their aspiration to Jayawijaya Regional Secretary Yohanes Walilo.

After hearing their aspiration, Walilo said based on the regent’s guidance, the fund has already provided by Jayawijaya Regional Government for women traders at Potikelek Market through the bank. But if they do not comfort with the bank, the local government agreed to distribute it as direct grant. “We will give it in cash but it’s not for free. They are still be listed by the Cooperation and Industry Office and they oblige to provide clarified data, such as how long they run the business and what kind of business they own. And the requirements are still remain. It must be run, although not through the mechanism of bank loan. Thus we expect the women traders to provide any requirements,” said the Regional Secretary. (Islami/rom)

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Women protest the electricity cut off

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Indigenous women traders who barred the road in front of the market due to the electricity cut off by PLN. – Jubi / IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Dozens of indigenous women who are selling local products at the traditional market ‘Pasar Mama-Mama Papua’ blocked the road in front of the market on Friday afternoon (8/10/2018) to protest the National Electricity Company (PLN) for cutting off the electricity at the market for several hours due to late payment for the last four months amounted to Rp 60 million.

The coordinator for the Solidarity for indigenous Papuan traders (Solpap) Franky Warer said it just happened spontaneously because of their disappointment. “The electricity was cut off at around 11.00 Papua time when I was still at home, then someone called me. I then went to the market and called the mayor,” Warer told Jubi by phone on Friday evening (08/10/18).

After that, he said, the Municipal Government agreed to contact the PLN and the electricity in the market turned normal at around 18:00 Papua time.

Meanwhile, the Papuan legislator John NR Gobai commented that relevant parties should pay attention to this matter for not outsizing the traders. “This market is managed under the Trade and Industry Office of Jayapura Municipal Government. So the agency needs to find a solution immediately,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Soedarmo: Papuan Coffee promoted in Boston and Paris

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The atmosphere of Papua Coffee Festival – Jubi / Alexander Loen

Jayapura, Jubi – Acting Papua Governor Soedarmo said Provincial Government is going to promote Papuan coffee to Boston and Paris shortly.

He revealed this agenda to reporters when opened the Papua Coffee Festival held in the parking of Bank Indonesia. Banks, local entrepreneurs and coffee farmers participated in this event.

“So, we are not only promoting Papuan coffee domestically but also abroad. Through our partner, we will participate in a coffee exhibition in Boston, whereas in September, I am going to send a team to participate in the exhibition held at the Eiffel Tower,” said Soedarmo on Friday (08/03/2018) in Jayapura.

According to him, the taste of Papuan coffee is not less delicious compared to coffee from other Indonesian regions or even other countries, because he has compared it with others. “I have met with the former Colombian Ambassador; then we compared Papuan coffee with Colombian coffee. But Papuan coffee is still better,” he said.

In the same place, Jayapura Mayor Benhur Tommy Mano claimed the municipal government is ready to support the provincial government in developing local commodities by promoting the local food in every event held by the municipal government.

“Indeed, we are not growing coffee here in Jayapura Municipality, but we are the biggest coffee connoisseurs,” Mano said. (*)

 

Reporter: Alexander Loen

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Freeport and Indonesian Government are unfair to Papuans

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A meeting between religious, youth and customary leaders and former workers of PT Freeport Indonesia conducted in Jayapura. -Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Coordinator of the United Organization against Violence, Peneas Lokbere, accused the US company-based PT Freeport and the Indonesian Government have been racist to Papuans.

According to him, it reflects from the history of the first contract of work between the company and the Indonesian authority in 1967 to the contract extension in 2018 that excluded the participation of Papuans.

“Papuans never have an idea about the content of the agreement. The Government of Indonesia considered them as second citizens, and this is discrimination,” said Lokbere on Thursday (26/07/2018) in Abepura.

Meanwhile, Samuel Tabuni, the Chairman of Papuan Community Forum on Freeport, said Jakarta (the central government) might be proud of taking over the 51 per cent share of PT Freeport, and the provincial might get a 10% share, but he warned about the indigenous rights.

“Since 1967, the indigenous peoples who have tenure rights of the land have never involved in regulating the ownership of shares in the mining company,” said Tabuni on Wednesday (25/07/2018) in Jayapura. (*)

 

Reporter: Benny Mawel

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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