The Realization of The Vision of Nawacita for Developing Papua

The Realization of The Vision of Nawacita for Developing Papua

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) wants the distribution of development in all region of Indonesia, including Papua which is the easternmost region of Indonesia. The distribution of development is expected to reduce the high gap that has been there so that the Nawacita vision can be realized.

Keywords: West Papua, Papua, Indonesia, Jokowi, Nawacita, development, infrastructure, Papuan, connectivity, APBN

The government’s ambition to develop infrastructure in Papua is a form of the realization of President Jokowi’s Nawacita program in building border area connectivity to accelerate regional economic growth finally begins to produce positive results. One of the hopes of the president in the process of infrastructure development is that the participation of the Papuan community in the implementation of the development program has finally begun to move the hearts of Papuans who have been affiliated with the Free Papua Organization (OPM). The government has prepared a budget of around Rp 12.5 trillion from APBN funds to build road infrastructure in Papua and West Papua.

One of the concrete forms of development undertaken by Pemkab Puncak Jaya, Papua is to build a road infrastructure that connects all villages in Puncak Jaya regency to open the isolation of some districts, such as Tingginambut District, which has been almost no economic activity and education since from 2004 to 2011 the region is famous as one of the red zone as the basis for the formation of Free Papua Organization (OPM) by the Goliath Tabuni group.[1]

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President Joko Widodo said that the challenges faced by West Papua Province are to open isolation, to open employment, to eradicate poverty and to develop more equitably. Jokowi explained that in the last two years the government has focused on accelerating infrastructure development, increasing connectivity and connecting West Papua with other regions in Indonesia. “Because connectivity is fundamental for western Papua, not just to open isolated areas but also to reduce logistics costs, improve the competitiveness of local products,” he said.[2]

Based on data from the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), infrastructure development in Papua’s development plan in 2018 includes the development of Arar harbor, construction of Batanta ferry dock, Sorong ring road construction, construction of water treatment plant Warsamson, construction of Sorong-Manokwari railway , Bintuni Industrial Park, Special Economic Zone in Sorong and the construction of the Oksibil-Towe Black border road.[3]

  1. Aku Papua Aku Indonesia, Perwujudan Program Nawacita, diakses dari laman http://tabloidmediapapua.com/aku-papua-aku-indonesia-perwujudan-program-nawacita/ pada 20/11/2017
  2. Rizky Andwika, Jokowi Minta Pembangunan Pelabuhan di Papua Barat dipercepat, diakses dari laman https://www.merdeka.com/peristiwa/jokowi-minta-pembangunan-pelabuhan-di-papua-barat-dipercepat.html pada 19/11/2017
  3. Eduardo Simorangkir, Selain Jalan, Jokowi Bangun Pelabuhan Hingga Bandara di Papua, diakses dari laman https://finance.detik.com/berita-ekonomi-bisnis/3498754/selain-jalan-jokowi-bangun-pelabuhan-hingga-bandara-di-papua pada 19/11/2017

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