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From 132 mining operation in Papua, only 79 with clean and clear

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Illustration of mining operation in Nabire Regency – IST

Jayapura, Jubi – From 132 mining businesses, only 79 mining business permits (IUP) are declared clean and clear by Directorate General of Minerals Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM).

Director of Mineral Business Development, Directorate General of Minerals of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Bambang Susigit, in Jayapura, Wednesday (August 23), said the administration of 79 mining business which declared clean and clear process is complete and their activities have met the rules.

While other 53 mining business have yet meet the procedures due to delays in delivery of documents and lack of recommendations from local governments.

“This is a constraint, with the Mining Licensing Policy Act, based on Law number 23 of 2014 on Regional Government, the authority of district and city has ended and all permits are processed by the province,” he said.

However, he stressed there are several obligations that must be tackle together such as the duty of district and municipality to organize all documents needed.

“It is expected that districts and municipalities can submit complete documents so we can processed the validation,” he said.

Furthermore, he explained from the data in the Ministry of ESDM and based on the inventory data or coaching clinic that has been done, one of the main issues is the existence of unlicensed mining activities in licensed locations.

“This is an obstacle which reduces the prospect of reserves that have been recorded and become a crucial issue, because it affects the environment and society,” he said.

This, he said is an important issue that needs to be discussed to find way to improve community welfare.

Meanwhile, Secretary Assistant for Economic Affairs and People’s Welfare of Papua, Elia Loupatty said that the existence of minerals diversified into remote areas. In some regencies in Papua such as Nabire, Paniai, hundreds of illegal mining (PETI) conduct secondary gold mining activities along Siriwo river.

For that, he said, it required an integrated coordination between regencies and provincial government that involve law enforcement officers.

“This is indispensable, because the existence of PETI causes negative impacts such as loss of local government revenue, environmental damage, mining accidents, unfavorable investor climate, social vulnerability and legal harassment,” Elia said. (*)

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Local Government of Jayapura Regency promotes local food

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Jayapura Regent drumming ‘Tifa’ to open the Coordination Meeting of the Food Security Board in Jayapura Regency on Tuesday (10/30/2018) – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – Jayapura Regent Mathius Awoitauw highlighted the importance of the availability of local food supplies such as sago, fish, tubers and cocoa in Papua. It means that in every official occasion, the local food will serve as a snack or lunch.

“The local government supports the availability of local food stocks including sago-based food, cocoa, fish and tubers to support the local food security program in this region,” said the regent after opening the Jayapura Food Security Board Meeting at Jayapura Regent Office in Gunung Merah Sentani on Tuesday (30/10/2018).

Furthermore, the regent said the local government needs to address the issue of the local food as an alternative to rice. “From the health perspective, the local food is healthier. Therefore, ahead to the regional event such as PON 2020, the local food must represent our culture to visitors, give them an impression of the originality of our food,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tasrip, the Head of Food Security Office of Jayapura Office, said his office keep promoting the local food and conduct training for the local community on local food processing and consumption.

“We hope that through the Food Security Board meeting, there are recommendations to policymakers to jointly urge the local food consumption as well as to support the local food supplies,” he said.

Government to provide market and product mapping

To support the program, Jayapura Regent Mathius Awoitauw then asked the Food Security Board to help the local farmers and fishermen with a market for selling their local food products. The market will maintain the price; therefore the stocks of local food will be increased. “By providing the market, it means we have helped people’s livelihood,” said the regent.

He also hopes that the increase in local food consumption can be a joint movement of the local government and community to improve people’s prosperity and independence of society in the era of globalisation.

Meanwhile, the Head of Regional Planning and Development Board (Bappeda) of Jayapura Regency Hana Hokoyabi said so far they have conducted mapping on potential commodities, and now the local community is also involving in the cultivation and management strengthening system.

“For instance in Unurumguay sub-district, a sago factor managed by the local community has been built. The similar activities have also done in some villages. The local community makes sago flour from the raw sago using the machine. They then sell their products to the markets in Papua and outside Papua,” she said. (*)

 

Reporter: Engelbert Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Papua and PNG begin business relation

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Papua New Guinea’s Madang Governor Peter Yama left with the Governor of Indonesia’s Papua province, Lukas Enembe in Jayapura. October 2018 – Photo: Supplied

Indigenous West Papuans are exploring business opportunities in neighbouring Papua New Guinea, following high-level talks.

The governor of PNG’s Madang province this week visited his counterpart in Indonesia’s Papua province.
 
Peter Yama’s visit to Jayapura, where he had talks with Papua’s Lukas Enembe, followed a trip by the latter to Madang and other PNG provinces last month.
 
Mr Yama also met with Papua’s Indigenous Business Council to discuss how West Papuans can grow links to his province.
 
The council’s Merry Yoweni said they hope to visit Madang before the end of the year
 
“Hopefully what Madang offers for Papua can open for our local people to make any tpe of business with them. So we will have a meeting next week to decide about this [the timing of a trip to PNG]. So if we can get to Madang, that would be great, to see the opportunity there directly.”
 
Ms Yoweni welcomed Mr Yama’s offer of having business channels explored between the two sides of New Guinea.
 
“Before we cannot go easily to go to PNG to make business with our neighbour,” she explained.
 
Ms Yoweni said the signs that the provincial governments were willing to open up links signalled a good opportunity, purely about economics and unrelated to politics.
 
Meanwhile, the two governors signed a Memorandum of Understanding for co-operation as sister provinces.
 
The leaders agreed to explore co-operation in fields including industry and trade, tourism and culture, infrastructure and transportation, education and training, health, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, mining as well as search and rescue among other areas.
 
Following his Jayapura visit, Mr Yama travelled to Indonesia’s national capital Jakarta.(*)
Source: RNZI

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Natural resources trigger territorial annexation

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West Papua is a rich mix of reefs and rainforest – some of the most beautiful environments on the planet – thecoraltriangle.com/Diana Himmelspach

Jayapura, Jubi – Natural resources and the division of region considered behind a reason why some district governments claim on territories of other district administrations, stated a member of the Commission I of Government, Politics, Law and Human Rights of the Papuan House of Representatives Yonas Nussy on Thursday (11/10/2018).

“Governments have their administrative territories, while indigenous peoples have customary territories (land tenure rights). Sometimes conflicts occur when other parties claim on someone else’s land despite that the customary landowners know exactly the border of their lands,” said Nusy.

Therefore, he said, the borders of villages, sub-districts, districts and provinces should be managed by involving many relevant parties to avoid this sort of problems in the future.

Furthermore, he said the Commission I of the Papuan House of Representatives plans to invite some government agencies and other relevant parties to discuss some actions to address the territorial issues in Papua.

“The provincial border of Papua and West Papua should be an issue that needs to be emphasized,” he said.

He hopes that both provincial and regional (municipal) governments will take seriously in addressing the problems associated with the territorial border because some conflicts are assumed to follow.

A few days ago, some groups from Mamberamo Raya (Mambra) District protested that some areas of their district allegedly annexed to the neighbouring district because of its gold potency.

The Secretary of Mamberamo Apawer Indigenous Peoples Council Marthen NK Tukeji said the areas annexed are namely Kordesi, Dopo, Turere, Degey, Darpos and Dou.

“It similarly happens to other sub-districts of Taiyeve and Taria. We hope the Papuan House of Representative, Papuan People’s Assembly as well as the Papuan Provincial Government could pay attention to this problem,” said Marthen NK Tukeji on Tuesday (10/09/2018). (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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