West Papua Applies a New Scheme on the Utilization of the Special Autonomy (Otsus) Fund
In 2018, West Papua province received a special autono my fund (Otsus) of Rp. 2.4 trillion and additional special autonomy infrastructure funds amounting to Rp.1.6 trillion. The amount of additional funds is greater than last year, which was only Rp. 875 billion.
Starting this year, the distribution of Otsus funds in West Papua uses a new scheme as set forth in the West Papua Regional Development Plan (RPJMD) 2017-2022, of which 90 percent of the special autonomy funds are handed over to regencies / municipalities while provinces only manage 10 percent.
In relation, the West Papua Provincial Government affirmed that all regency / municipal governments are obliged to carry out the management of special autonomy fund with full responsibility and transparency, while the accountability report on the use of special autonomy funds must be submitted periodically on time.
Meanwhile, for additional infrastructure funding, management is handed over to the Public Works Department and the Transportation Department. The funds will be used to accelerate infrastructure development such as roads and bridges. To evaluate the progress of each region in the implementation of Otsus, the regional heads agreed to hold meetings and presentations of Otsus development results every year, and it will be conducted in Teluk Wondama Regency this year.
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