Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Legislative Council criticized PT Freeport in the on going renegotiation process of contract of work that failed to involve the Papua Provincial Government, some local governments in the mining areas of PT. Freeport and customary people.
Some members of Papua Legislative Council from Electoral Area III including Mimika, Nabire, Intan Jaya, Deiyai, Dogiyai and Paniai said PT Freeport Indonesia and Central Government to never ignoring Papua Provincial Government, local governments in Freeport’s mining operation areas and customary people.
‘These three strengths that are Papua Provincial Government, local governments in the area surrounded Freeport mining areas and customary people should not be involved. If the customary people, provincial government and local governments are not involved, do not blame on them if there’s a problem,” Wihelmus Pigai said on Monday (10/8/2015).
According to him, today is the era of reform. Do not act as if it’s the ear of new order. The customary people should be involved. The interests of Papua Provincial Government, local governments in Freeport’s mining areas should be accommodated in the process of contract negotiation.
“Law on Mineral and Energy Resources No. 4/2004 is a regulation issued in rush without involving the interest of Papua. Therefore the reference is the Special Autonomy Law 2001. It’s true there’s Mineral and Energy Resources Law, but it’s about the natural resources in Papua. So the reference is Special Autonomy Law. The potential of natural resources is in Papua, not in Jakarta, so we should refer to Special Autonomy Law,” he said.
In addition, according to Pigai, the President Decree No.16/2015 about the assessment team of Natural Resources Management for Papua Economic Development should be more specific to cover the natural resources management.
“Economically it would give positive contribution to both provincial and local governments and local community. Currently it’s not give a benefit for Papua,” he said.
On one occasion, the Chairman of Papua Legislative Council Yunus Wonda said the Papua Provincial Government, Mimika Regional Government and related stakeholders including customary people must be involved in the discussion of Freeport’s Contract of Work. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
The government never take Papuan resource wealth, says Indonesian Vice President
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. (*)
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Local Government of Jayapura Regency promotes local food
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
Papua and PNG begin business relation
Indigenous West Papuans are exploring business opportunities in neighbouring Papua New Guinea, following high-level talks.
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