Papua Special Autonomy Fund for Infrastructure is the lifeblood of Development
The geographical condition of Papua, which is spread wide with challenging natural conditions, still needs to be supported by adequate infrastructure in order to facilitate the community in carrying out daily activities and obtaining public services. Through the Special Autonomy fund, the infrastructure development in Papua Province and West Papua Province continues to be improved.
Infrastructure development is very much needed as it is the lifeblood of development for the welfare of the Papuan people.“Infrastructure is the lifeblood of Papua sustainable welfare development. Hence, Papua must progress and prosper,” said Papuan leader Izakrandi hikoyabi, in the Webinar Moya Discussions Group with the theme Infrastructure Development for the Welfare of the Papuan People.
The existence of population growth that will have an impact on the economic, social, cultural, and other fields requires supporting facilities, especially road access. By connecting access from roads, bridges, electricity, and others, it will have an effect on the convenience of the community. Moreover, the current population of Papua will be different in the future. Thus, the next generation will enjoy infrastructure development in the form of easy access. The same thing was said by Papuan observer Prof. Imron Cotan.
He considered that the infrastructure development in Papua was extraordinary. With infrastructure, it will make it easier for the community to accelerate the distribution of goods and market agricultural products. not only infrastructure, the price of fuel is also currently the same between Java and Papua. Areas that used to be only accessible by air transportation are now accessible by land.
Thus, the infrastructure will facilitate public access to progress and prosperity. Since 2018, the Trans-road of,071 or was connected in West Papua Province and improvement continues. Until now, 743 km of Trans Papua has been paved and the rest is still in the pavement stage.
In the period of 2020-2024, the direction of development in the easternmost region of Indonesia will focus on infrastructure and the community’s economy. In order to achieve the target of infra-structure development, Prof. Imron Cotan appealed to armed separatist groups not to interfere with the on-going development process because it is the Papuan people themselves who will be affected later.