Jayapura, 12/3 (Jubi) – The National Planning Development Board (Bappenas) will increase funding for infrastructure development for remote areas in Papua and West Papua in 2015 by two trillion rupiah.
The director of Transportation at Bappenas, Bambang Prihartono, said the allocated funds for 2015 would be 7 trillion rupiah, from 5 trillion rupiah previously.
“The central government observes that the development in Papua will not succeed without the support of adequate infrastructure. Now infrastructure has become a strategic issue in Papua,” Prihartono said on Wednesday (12/3) in Jayapura.
He said Bappenas has designed a Medium-term Development Program for some remote areas within Papua and Papua Barat in collaboration with National Gapensi (Association of Contractors).
“The central government will allocate funds for infrastructure. So Gapensi should be serious in handling the funds to achieve the target regardless the interest of particular groups to achieve the best results,” he said.
It was said that one of the infrastructure projects in 2015 is the accelerated construction of trans Papua road that started from the middle of the region of Kepala Burung to the border and Merauke.
Meanwhile, the Secretary General of National Gapensi, Andi Rukman Nurdin Karumpa said the project was highly anticipated. “Good infrastructure will certainly have an impact on economic growth in all sectors. Hopefully, It will encourage the indigenous Papuan entrepreneurs to be masters on their own land. But of course they must abide by regulations and work responsibly,” he said. (Jubi/Arjuna/rom)