Ministry of State Secretariat through the Office of the Deputy Minister for Relations with Institutions and Community Organisations, on Tuesday (5/5) morning, held a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) which discussed and highlighted the challenges facing Papua after the implementation of special autonomy for the province since 2001.
The discussion which lasted about 3 hours was moderated by the Special Staff of the Cabinet Secretary Jaleswari Pramodhawardani. A number of speakers from various institutions both college and study center that specifically examine the issues of Papua were also presented.
Some speakers attending the FGD, among others, were Director of Centre for Election and Political Party (CEPP) of the Universitas Indonesia’s Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP UI) Reni Suwarso, Rahmat Siregar of CEPP FISIP UI, Pierre Marthinus of Papua Centre FISIP UI, Head of the Training Center of Political Research Center of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Adriana Elisabeth, Coordinator of the Papuaï¿½s Working Group of the Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Bambang Purwoko, Head of Governance Studies Program of the Cendrawasih University (UNCEN) Eduard Kocu, Associate Professor of the UNCEN Avelinus Lefaan.
Peace becomes the keyword and is absolutely applicable to Papua. After the special autonomy implemented through Law No. 21 of 2001 on Special Autonomy for Papua Province, the circumstance in Papua is still far from expectations.
Both horizontal and vertical conflicts, infrastructure, sluggish bureaucracy, lack of human resources, lack of health facilities, and lagging education have become the provinceï¿½s complex problems since joining the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) in 1969.
The FGD produced some crucial points as input for President Joko Widodo in order to realise a peaceful and just Papua. Amongst the points are Papua issues should be resolved with heart and love and also understood from the Papuans’ point of view, meaning that the needs to open itself to correct an erroneous view both the Papuans themselves and the central government. In addition, human security approach also needs to be done for it is the basic needs of the people of Papua. Lastly, in order to bridge the gap that occurred in Papua, the speakers also provide inputs to continue a dialogue that can be carried out internally and sectorally. The dialogue should also address the Presidentï¿½s priority agendas, notably for the development and progress of Papua.
Translated by:Assistant Deputy Minister for State Documents and TranslationDeputy Minister for Policy SupportMinistry of State Secretariat of the Republic of Indonesiaas published on: www.setneg.go.id, Tuesday, 05 May 2015