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Priority Areas of Papua’s Development

The acceleration of welfare development in Papua and West Papua Provinces is mandated by Law Number 21 of 2001 on Special Autonomy for Papua.

The implementation of the Special Autonomy Law of Papua is based on the spirit of realizing equality and prosperity for the people in Papua and West Papua provinces with other provinces.

The acceleration of the development of Papua and West Papua is also part of the affirmation to appreciate, respect, protect and fulfill the basic social, economic and cultural rights and civil and political rights of the people of Papua and West Papua in order to for them to enjoy a life which is more advanced, prosperous, and dignified.

Various policies have been implemented by the Government, among others through the establishment of Presidential Instruction No. 5 Year 2007 on the Acceleration of Development of Papua and West Papua Provinces;
Presidential Regulation No. 65 of 2011 on the Acceleration of Development of Papua and West Papua Provinces (P4B). However, various obstacles that arose caused the implementation of these policies to be less optimal and effective in improving the welfare of the people and the progress of Papua and West Papua Provinces.

Four Priority Areas of Papua’s Development

The acceleration of welfare development of Papua and West Papua until 2019 will be focused on improving welfare by implementing four priority areas, namely:

  • (1) basic education and health services;
  • (2) local economic development, social protection and poverty alleviation;
  • (3) basic infrastructure and connectivity; and
  • (4) institutional and governance.

Implementation of the acceleration of welfare development in Papua and West Papua Provinces is implemented in the following strategies:

  • custombased development and focused on Papua natives (OAP);
  • the acceleration of village development, especially in central mountainous areas, remote and underdeveloped areas that are difficult to reach;
  • Implementation of intensive dialogue with all components of society and local government;
  • assistance to local government and community apparatus;
  • empowerment and active involvement of local communities in the supervision and improvement of the quality of public services;
  • empowerment of OAP and local entrepreneurs domiciled in the Papua region, and enhanced partnership with private partnerships, and other community groups concerned with Papua.

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