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Declared as conservation province, West Papua flooded with foreign aid

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Illustration of West Papua Province – papuabaratprov.go.id

Manokwari, Jubi – West Papua Province succeeded in collecting overseas aid funds of 18 million US dollars to preserve the environment in the area of ​​coral reefs in this area.

This cannot be separated from the status of West Papua as a conservation province and the existence of the world’s coral reef triangle in Raja Ampat, Kaimana, and Teluk Wondama.

Head of West Papua Research and Development Agency Charley Heatubun, in Manokwari on Sunday (October 29), said the West Papua Provincial Government has partnered with Kehati Foundation following the launch of the conservation province.

“The Kehati Foundation will be managing the foreign aid fund, and now there are some foreign donors and funds raised about 18 million US dollars,” Charley said.

He expressed that cooperation with Yayasan Kehati was conducted to optimize the management of Raswan Bloe Abadi area.

It is expected that the presence of Kehati and donor assistance can optimize the efforts of environmental conservation and community empowerment in the area of ​​the world’s coral reef triangle in the area.

“The world’s coral reef triangle is located in Raja Ampat, Kaimana and Teluk Wondama, and we are entrusted to Kehati to manage the relief funds,” he said.

Charley said that in 2018 there will be an international conference. It is hoped that Kehati can create new innovations on biodiversity conservation and community empowerment in the area.

He added that as many as 18 million US dollars of foreign aid funds are currently stored in Singapore. Interest from the fund will be used to finance conservation activities in West Papua.

“Funds are managed by Kehati, if there are proposals related to conservation efforts can be submitted to Kehati, who will select and determine a feasible one,” he said.

According to him, all elements such as universities and community institutions can submit proposals for activities to support conservation programs in this area. (Antara/Zely)

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The government never take Papuan resource wealth, says Indonesian Vice President

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Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla – Bloomberg/Dimas Ardian

Jayapura, Jubi – Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla maintained that the central government had never taken the resource wealth of Papua for their benefit.

“The thought that the central government has been taking the Papua’s resource wealth is not true. In contrast, it’s the central government who provide aids for Papua, it’s like what we do for Aceh,” the vice president told reporters at the Vice Presidential Palace, Jakarta on Tuesday (11/12 / 2018).

The profit sharing of Freeport’s profits is an example of the government’s attention towards Papua.

Moreover, he said the number of funds disbursed by the central government to Papua exceeded the profits of Freeport in 2017.

“Freeport last year only paid a royalty tax just above IDR 10 trillion. Previously it was IDR 18 trillion, but now it decreased. Let’s say that the central government might receive about IDR 20 to 25 trillion from other revenues, but we transfer almost IDR 100 trillion for Papua,” said the vice president.

He further said that many efforts for arranging a dialogue involving both the central and local government and the local community have frequently made to find solutions for development in Papua. However, these efforts often are driven by the political interest of certain groups who want the independence of Papua.

Regarding the independence issue, Vice President Jusuf Kalla firmly said that the central government would not give that to Papua.

“Now, actually, the option of dialogue is also raising a new query whether it’s still applicable? Everything is for Papua, except the independence,” he said. (*)

Source: Antara

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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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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