PAPUA & WEST PAPUA AS A VERY OPEN PACIFIC ECONOMY CONNECTOR
West Papua News – The Pacific Islands are islands that are mostly inhabited by countries with small area and population, weak economic growth, simple infrastructure, poor government services and political instability. Nevertheless, the countries in the Pacific Islands have quite promising economic potential. The islands of the Pacific Ocean are divided into three with Polynesian, Melanesian, and Micronesian cultural communities. The three have various kinds of differences both historically based on geography, language, culture, and physical character.
The opportunities for the provinces of Papua and West Papua to become new economic hubs in the Pacific region are enormous. Moreover, the area has great potential, especially in the fields of industry, mining, agriculture, plantations, fisheries, tourism, the people’s economy in the form of MSMEs, the digital economy and also the completeness of the best sports centers in the Pacific region besides Australia.
This potential is reinforced by Presidential Instruction Number 9 of 2020 concerning the Acceleration of Development of the Papua Province and West Papua Province. “So, the implementation of this Presidential Instruction must be revealed in the form of a Special Regional Regulation (Perdasus),” said Deputy V Presidential Chief of Staff Jaleswari Pramodhawardani in Jayapura, Papua, Thursday (9/4/2021). Therefore, KSP encourages the Regional Government to make and implement a Perdasus related to this so that the Inpres can be immediately felt by the community.
According to Jaleswari, the implementation of Presidential Instruction Number 9 of 2020 requires the active role of all relevant parties, especially local governments in accelerating welfare development in Papua Province and West Papua Province. with the relevant Ministries/Institutions implementing the Annual Action Plan for the acceleration of welfare development program until 2024. Because the Governor of Papua Province and the Governor of West Papua Province sit as the implementing team for this Inpres,” added Jaleswari.
To oversee the implementation of Presidential Instruction No. 9 of 2020, the government has prepared three special institutions tasked with controlling and supervising the implementation of the Presidential Instruction. The three institutions are the Presidential Staff Office, Bappenas and BPKP. Institutions that have been appointed by the government will carry out their functions as supervisors and controllers of all the implementation of the Presidential Instruction. It is hoped that with this supervision, a strong, measurable, and effective degree of control will be realized to ensure the achievement of all the objectives of Presidential Instruction No. 9 of 2020.
In addition, Jaleswari emphasized that the Presidential Staff Office together with Bappenas and BPKP are tasked with controlling and supervising the implementation of the Presidential Instruction. The control and supervision functions carried out by these three institutions are expected to provide a strong, measurable, and effective degree of control to ensure the achievement of all the objectives of Presidential Instruction No. 9 of 2020.
There is no need to worry about the budget needed to carry out Presidential Instruction No. The budget has been allocated, because Presidential Instruction No. 9 of 2020 is included in the National Priority Program and National Development Plan (RPJMN) which has been outlined in the Government Work Plan and Ministry Work and Budget Plans and regional budgets.
If the implementation of Presidential Instruction no. 9 of 2020 is going well, so we are optimistic that there will be a leap in progress in prosperity in the provinces of Papua and West Papua as requested by the President in a Limited Meeting on March 11, 2020. The issuance of the Presidential Instruction signed by the President has gone through a long process of dialogue to accommodate the aspirations of the central government, local government, academics, and non-governmental organizations. This is no longer the time when the approach used is a top-down approach, this time the spirit is collaboration between the center and the regions.
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