Race to Promote West Papua
Four ministries of the Working Cabinet of Jokowi-JK explained the development performances of Papua and West Papua in Jakarta, Sunday (5/3/2017) to the mass media.
The four ministries were the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, and the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR). Each minister described the development target of the land of Cendrawasih. They also clarified the progress of each of his Ministry’s program.
The four ministers in attendance were the Minister of Communication and Information Rudiantara, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, ESDM Minister Ignasius Jonan and Minister of Public Works Basuki Hadimuldjono.
Interestingly, the individual pattern of each Ministry was not there. Instead, they were open to each other’s programs.
The synergy ofthe Ministers was evident in the Media Discussion with the theme “Vision of Indonesia Central to Equity in Papua”.
There is a plan to regularly schedule discussions with the mass media as part of the implementation of the Government Public Relations (GPR) program, which is the mandate of all ministries in the Working Cabine “The synergy between the ministries was indeed the priority; we did not see the project of each Ministry.
” Egocentrism is gradually disappearing, working together is more efficient, “said Minister of Communications and Informatics Rudiantara. Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi supports it when he said that they are ready to develop Papua.
Unmitigated, the Ministry of Transportation allocated 10% of its annual budget for the development of Papua’s infrastructure.
The amount of our investment is approximately Rp 4 trillion, which means that 10% of the budget from the Ministry of Transportation is in Papua, whereas we know there are 34 provinces, which means we pay more attention to Papua,” said Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi .
Papua is now one of the focuses of national strategy projects. With the development in Papua, Indonesia’s development is expected to decentralize and should be able to reach the eastern part of Indonesia.
Each ministry places national strategic projects in Papua and is committed to safeguarding such development.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ignasius Jonan, targets a lighting program utilizing solar energy lights in the villages of Papua and West Papua, which are still completely in darkness and completed in 2017-2018.
“This is targeted by the government this year and expects the lights to be ready year.” It is vital for the lights to come first and later on build the electrical energy network, “he said while showing off the solar light device that will be distributed to tens of thousands of homes in Papua and West Papua, which have not yet availed of electricity.
According to Jonan, the device is priced at 3.5 million rupiah / unit consisting of a solar panel device, four lights, anda mobile charger unit.
“Under normal circumstances, one lamp can illuminate for 8 hours a day and can be moved and taken any where so it can also operate as a flashlight in the dark,” he added.
Jonan said that of the 2,500 villages that have no electric city, or are still in dark, a large number are from Papua and West Papua.
There are approximately 136,000-140,000 households in the two eastern provinces of Indonesia from more than 260,000who have no lights across Indonesia.
Johan added that the program will later provide every house hold in the area, which is still without electrical lighting, with a solar panel with four lights and a battery case for cell phones.
The lights can be adjusted in three lighting categories:
- for bright lights, it can last six hours,
- medium lights can last 12 hours and
- dim lights for sleeping can last up to 60 hours,
Jonan said the government will generate 365 megawatts (mw) and nine units of renewable energy in Papua province until 2019.