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Freeport says it is ready to pay the water tax debt



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Jayapura, Jubi – PT Freeport Indonesia declared its willingness to implement the result of Tax Court Decision Number Put-70853 / PPMXVB / 24/2017 dated January 18, 2017 ie paying Water Tax to the Government of Papua Province amounting to Rp5.3 trillion.

The agreement was reached in a meeting of Facilitating Payment of Surface Water Tax (PAP) of Tax Court Result between the Provincial Government of Papua and PT Freeport Indonesia, which was facilitated by the Directorate General of MoHA Regional Finance Development on Friday (4/8/2017) in Jakarta.

“The most important point formulated as a result of this meeting is that in the near future, Freeport must meet with the Governor of Papua to discuss payment in stages, as long as it is not contrary to the legislation and Court Decisions,” said Head of the Papua Regional Revenue Management Agency, Gerson Jitmau in a press release in Jayapura, Sunday (6/8/2017).

The first point of the three contents of the agreement stipulates that Freeport is obliged to pay the Surface Water Surface Tax (PAP) from 2011 to July 2017, including administrative sanctions in the form of a 100 percent penalty of the total tax based on appeal in accordance with Law No.14 / 2002.

According to him, the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Home Affairs has confirmed, there are no longer negotiating meetings in Jakarta because the tax court decision has been fixed with permanent legal force.

“So Freeport must immediately coordinate with the Governor of Papua to make the payment.” It’s been 50 years since it operates, so Freeport should not neglect its obligation because it is also to support the will and welfare of the people of Papua, “said Jitmau.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Commission III of the Papua Parliament, Carolus Bolly, appreciated all parties who were quite persistent in fighting for the right of the Papuan people, approximately three years, in the case of the PAP dispute. He also hopes the PTFI receive and run the agreement together.

Previously, in February 2017, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe asked PT Freeport Indonesia to implement the Indonesian Tax Court’s decision regarding the payment of surface water taxes, but it was ignored.

PTFI’s tax lawsuit was filed by the Papua Government to collect PT Freeport’s tax-paying shortfall as submitted by the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) in its audit results, which questioned PTFI’s tax-paying shortfall on surface water used from 2011 to 2015.

The local government then sent a letter to Freeport to immediately settle the tax shortfall, but PTFI rejected it and filed a lawsuit with the Indonesian Tax Court.

“Praise God, the lawsuit was rejected. Well now it must be resolved, “said the Governor. (*)



Editor: Zely Ariane


Local Government of Jayapura Regency promotes local food



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

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Papua and PNG begin business relation



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



West Papua is a rich mix of reefs and rainforest – some of the most beautiful environments on the planet – 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

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