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Is the price of fuel in West Papua expensive? Myth or Not

The high price of fuel in West Papua, is no longer encountered. Moreover, the Government is implementing the One Price BBM program which is considered capable of significantly lowering the price of fuel in a number of eastern parts of Indonesia.

This was confirmed by the Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) Rini Soemarno during a working visit to West Papua. According to him, One Price BBM in Papua is an effort by the government to reduce price differences in encouraging the acceleration of economic development.

Before 2016 the price of fuel in Papua ranged from Rp. 50 thousand to Rp. 60 thousand per liter.

With the One Price BBM policy, sales of fuel in Papua with the Java and Bali regions are in accordance with government regulations, namely the premium price of Rp. Rini revealed that the fuel price equalization was carried out by increasing the number of distribution agencies (LP) for the total One Price BBM which have been operating since 2016 and will continue in 2017.

She added, until November 2017 in West Papua there were 9 prisons and in West Papua there were 2 prisons that distributed fuel to the public.

We will continue to encourage the addition of the number of channeling institutions, so that people in remote or remote areas of Papua also get justice, she hoped.

Based on data from Pertamina, it noted that the current demand for fuel in the Papua region is almost 800 thousand kilo liters (KL) per year, with an allocation of around 500 thousand KL for the Papua region and 300 thousand KL for the West Papua region.

She said, the distribution of fuel distribution is carried out through land, sea and air transportation modes. Next year, the government targets the equalization of fuel prices in Papua to occur at 14 points, which include the areas of Bolkame, Abonaho Keerom and Tolikara.

It is undeniable that geographical conditions and distribution in Papua are a challenge. For this reason, we continuously strive to overcome them together. Of course, we are optimistic that the equalization of fuel prices at the targeted points can be realized. Of course, for the sake of our progress and economic equality, we need the support of the local government, the synergy of BUMN, the community and all stakeholders,” She said.