Jayapura, 18/6 (Jubi) – Papua Province has established the Biggran area in Jayapura and Mimika as regional green economic areas.
“The determination of the green economic area is to optimize the activities of industry, exports and imports and other high value economic activities,” said Papua’s Second Assistant Elia Loupatty at the opening of a Coordination Meeting on the Planning and Investment on Wednesday (18/6).
He further said, the purpose of the determination of green economic area is to remain support the environment and to accelerate the regional development as well as to be a breakthrough model of the industry, tourism and trading improvement for job creation.
“It requires the appropriate support and environmental friendly infrastructures to emerge the green area,” he said. Further, it should be appropriate and suitable with the government’s mission on the development, such as to accelerate the infrastructure development and intra-regional access with the sustainable development principle.
For that reason, he further said, the government is currently continuing the completion of ring road construction to connect the access road from Jayapura to Sentani.
“We used the National Budget to extend the road and to improve the facilities of the Sentani Airport for day and night flights. It’s still in the completion stage,” he said.
The government has also planned the development of Urumuka Hydroelectric Power located in four regencies of Mimika, Deyai, Dogiyai and Paniay to support the green economic area in Mimika. And the government has planned the development of Mamberamo Hydroelectric Power for Bonggrang green economic area. “In order to utilize the tailing for Papua’s cement industry in Mimika Regency, the government has signed the MoU with the PT. Freeport Indonesia,” he said.
He firmly said the challenges to increase the investment and to enhance the importance of investment in Papua was not easy. “However, the richness of the natural resources could provide the encouragement and optimistic that Papua could provide the chance and opportunity towards the employers and investors to invest in Papua,” he said.
At the same place, the Head of Investment Body of Papua Province, John Way said his office would strongly support the governor’s policy in terms of development by preparing the qualified human resources. (Jubi/Alex/rom)