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Jokowi to coordinate Papuan development under one body – just like SBY

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Jakarta   /   Wed, December 18, 2019   /  05:33 pm
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Seeking amicable solution: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo meets Papuan public figures at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday. The meeting was held to seek solutions to problems in West Papua and Papua provinces, which were recently hit by violent demonstrations.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration plans to coordinate Papuan development programs under one body – following the path of his predecessor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister, Mahfud MD, says that a lack of coordination has been one of the major problems in developing Papua and West Papua. He says that development has not been distributed fairly in the two easternmost provinces because the ministries applied different agendas and different approaches.  Therefore, the government plans to combine the two provinces’ development through one desk. “We expect that the development of Papua will be integrated and synergized into one Papuan desk under a new legal umbrella, which will replace the Presidential Regulation No. 9/2017, which will expire by the end of the year,” the ...