Govt to expedite development in Papua: Vice President


Jakarta, Jubi – Vice President Ma’ruf Amin said the government had a strong commitment to accelerate development in Papua and West Papua Provinces by issuing various affirmative policies.

“The government will continue to develop [Papua and West Papua] as outlined in the Presidential Instruction and the law to improve welfare within the framework of the Republic of Indonesia, to make Papua safe and prosperous,” said Amin while chairing a meeting on Papua at his official residence, quoted by Antara on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021.

Regarding the security conditions in Papua, Amin said the situation was gradually becoming safer now, especially with the 20th National Games recently held in the region.

“The situation in Papua is safe and under control at the moment,” Amin claimed. “The National Games went successfully. The XVI National Paralympic Week, which will start on Nov. 5, will also take place safely,” he added.

Further, Amin asked the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, to coordinate with the Indonesian Military (TNI), police, and the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) to maintain security. “The TNI, police, and BIN will continue to carry out their duties to protect civilians and enforce law and security,” he said.


In addition, he also asked the Minister of Health, Budi Sadikin, and the Minister of Social Affairs, Tri Rismaharini, to coordinate with each other to deal with displaced people in Papua. “The Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Health must immediately and properly take steps to handle displaced people, providing them with health and social assistance,” said Ma’ruf. (*)

Editor : Edi Faisol

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