Biak Numfor, – After concluding his 5-day working visit to Eastern Indonesia (Papua Land) from 28 November to 2 December 2022, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin as the Chair of the Papua Steering Committee (BPP) conveyed seven main points as the result.

“I call this working visit such a “Tawaf in Papua”, touring the Papua land,” said the Vice President while taking a meeting with the Biak Numfor Regent and the Papua Province Regional Leadership Coordination Forum (Forkopimda), at Parai Beach, Biak Numfor, Papua, Friday (02/12/2022). Tawaf refers to encircling the Holy Kaaba seven times as part of the Hajj in Mecca.

As the first result after totally visiting 5 regions (Jayapura, Merauke, Mimika, Kaimana, and Biak Numfor), the Vice President directly looked closely at the Papuan people’s enthusiasm and optimism that continue to grow.

“I am very impressed with the optimistic spirit of the various social segments of the people in realizing the more prosperous, just and peaceful Papua,” he explained.

Second, the Vice President felt the positive energy connecting religions, customs, and local government leaders to maintain inter-religious harmony.

“I will strengthen collaboration with the church through the Communion of Churches in Papua and through the Religious Harmony Forum (FKUB),” he promised.

Third, the Vice President saw the people’s persistence in advancing the regional potentials of each region, such as coffee in Papua Pegunungan, rice in Merauke, herbs and spices in Fakfak and Kaimana, fish in Biak Numfor, as well as the initiatives of Cenderawasih Bay and Great Bomberay Peninsula Sail Policy.

“I appreciate the strong desire to develop locally-high competitive commodities,” he said.

Fourth, the Vice President directly proved the importance of connectivity and infrastructure as the main capital in developing Papua.

“The new provinces demand a new master plan regarding the integrated transportation system in the whole Papua, including the new Trans Papua option,” he explained.

Fifth, the recent New Autonomous Regions (DOB) in Papua, according to the Vice President, could arise the passion of competition between regions in improving their services to the people.
“The division of the Papua Province is a game changer in accelerating the development of Papua,” he added.

Sixth, according to the Vice President, the related ministries and institutions had to create concrete solutions in the form of a Papuan Development Action Plan.

“I instruct the ministers/heads of agencies to immediately discuss about the detailed and concrete solutions to be included in the 2023-2024 Action Plan, including the 2023 Cenderawasih Bay Sail agenda,” he said.

Seventh, in order to accelerate the implementation of the 2023-2024 Action Plan, the Vice President intended to visit Papua in 2023.

“Insya Allah, I will return to visit some areas in Papua to fulfill invitations from various Papuan prominent groups,” said the Vice President.

“As well as to strengthen the quick wins in 2023-2024 action plan,” he concluded. (EP-BPMI Setwapres)