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Jakarta Post

High and low scores on addressing Papuan cause

  • Hipolitus Yolisandry Ringgi Wangge

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 29 2017   /  01:00 am

Papua presents a complex challenge for Indonesian presidents, including Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, especially given rising ethno-nationalist sentiment.

Developing Indonesia’s easternmost provinces is among the top priorities of Jokowi’s administration. In the first three years of his tenure, Jokowi has made four official visits to Papua and West Papua.

His primary goal has been to improve economic development across the two provinces, among the poorest in the country. However, human rights and security issues are still overlooked by the current government, resulting in domestic and international implications.

In line with his administration’s national development strategy, Jokowi has prioritized infrastructure development projects in Papua to improve connectivity for Papuans who mostly live in mountainous areas. Roads, electrification and seaports are under con...