President Jokowi, VP Ma’ruf Amin Discuss Plan to Speed Up Development in Papua
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin Monday (11/21) had a discussion on accelerating development in the island of Papua.
The 30-minute meeting at the Adi Soemarmo Air Force Base, Boyolali Regency, Central Java was the first meeting of the two leaders after the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, and the COP27 climate change summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
“The Vice President reported plan to visit Papua in order to inspect the new autonomous regions in the island,” Vice Presidential Spokesperson Masduki Baidlowi said as quoted by the wapresri.go.id page, Tuesday (11/22).
For the record, on July 25 2022, three laws related to the formation of new provinces in Papua were enacted, namely Law Number 14 of 2022 on Establishment of South Papua Province, Law Number 15 of 2022 on Establishment of Central Papua Province, and Law Number 16 of 2022 on Establishment of Papua Pegunungan Province.
On Thursday (11/17), the House of Representatives (DPR) also passed Bill on the New Autonomous Region for Southwest Papua Province.
The establishment of new autonomous regions in Papua aims to accelerate equitable development, improve public services and people’s welfare, and protect the dignity of the indigenous Papuans (OAP).
Masduki further said that the Vice President also conveyed the aspirations of Indonesian students in Egypt for more student dormitories.
During his visit to Egypt, the Vice President had a dialogue with Indonesian students and promised them to deliver their aspirations directly to the President.
“The Vice President agreed to deliver their aspirations to President Jokowi. If the construction plan for the dormitory is approved, the dormitory will be named President Jokowi’s dormitory,” Masduki remarked. (BPMI of Vice Presidential Secretariat/UN) (RI/EP)