Sunday, March 10, 2013

1) West Papuan Independence leader to visit Vanuatu

1) West Papuan Independence leader to visit Vanuatu

2) Ferrostaal to Build $2b Plant in W. Papua


1) West Papuan Independence leader to visit Vanuatu

West Papuan tribal leader and international lobbyist for the independence of West Papua from Indonesia, Benny Wenda, is scheduled to arrive in Port Vila tomorrow.
The Free West Papuan activist is expected to stay in Port Vila for a week, and according to the program drafted for the occasion, upon the arrival of Wenda tomorrow afternoon, Vanuatu Kastom Chiefs will be at the airport to welcome him. Later on, an official welcome ceremony organised by the Port Vila Town Council of Chiefs will be held at the Chief’s Nakamal.
On Monday, the West Papuan Independence leader is scheduled to meet with the Vanuatu Christian Council (VCC), and will be the special Guest in a Press Conference organised by Media Association of Vanuatu (MAV) in the afternoon.
On Tuesday morning, the Founder of the Free West Papuan Campaign will make an official visit to VANGO. Members of the Public will have the opportunity to voice their concerns over the West Papuan independence issues, and again, Wenda will be the special Guest, held at the Chief’s Nakamal 4pm, Tuesday.
Wenda will also have the opportunity to tour Port Vila organised and led by Vete Indigenous Historical Association (VIHA) on Wednesday morning.
In June 2010, Vanuatu’s Parliament voted to support West Papua’s indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination, seeking to have its independence noted and observer status granted at the Melanesian Spearhead Group and Pacific Island Forum leaders’ summit meeting.
Radio Australia reported that, Melbourne representative of the Free West Papua Movement, Ronny Kerani specifically named Vanuatu being one of the countries to have pushed the issue of Papuan independence to the United Nations, and labeled Vanuatu as one country that had gone “behind closed doors” with Indonesia.
A farewell gathering is to be hosted by VIHA on Wednesday evening and Wenda will depart from Vanuatu on Thursday morning.
A leading figure in the region’s independence movement, Benny Wenda served as a special representative to both the British Parliament and the United Nations. He was detained in 2002 by the Indonesian government on accusations of inciting violence and arson, but escaped during his trial and was granted political asylum in the United Kingdom. After arriving in the UK, Wenda founded the Free West Papua Campaign to spread awareness of the human rights situation in West Papua.

2) Ferrostaal to Build $2b Plant in W. Papua
The Jakarta Globe | March 06, 2013
German industrial giant Ferrostaal plans to invest $2 billion into building downstream petrochemical facilities in West Papua, the Industry Ministry said in a statement late on Monday. 

The statement revealed that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with Klaus Lesker, a Ferrostaal executive, during the head of state’s visit to Germany, which concluded on Tuesday. 

Indonesian officials — including Industry Minister M.S. Hidayat and the ministry’s director general, Panggah Susanto, as well as the chairman of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Chatib Basri — signed a letter of intent with Lesker regarding the project. 

The project, which involves the construction of plants and supporting facilities to produce methanol propylene and polypropylene from natural gas, is expected to be completed in 2019. “It needs a total investment of around $2 billion,” the statement said. 

The Indonesian government has agreed to allocate domestically produced gas to the Ferrostaal plants, the statement said. 

Lesker was cited in the statement as saying that Indonesia could reduce petrochemical imports by up to $600 million when the facilities are fully operational. He added that the project would involve the transfer of high-technology and significant job creation. 

“It will open up jobs for around 3,000 people, whether directly or indirectly,” Lesker said. 

Once the facilities are complete, they will be able to produce 400,000 tons of polypropylene per year. They will also produce synthetic materials and some gasoline and liquid gas, which will be sold domestically. 

Polypropylene and polyethylene are raw material for synthetic products, primarily in the plastics industry. They are also used in the automotive, pharmaceutical and furniture industries. 

The ministry said the project would be included in the government’s economic master plan, known as MP3EI, which aims to spread the benefits of development across the country. 

Meanwhile, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu, who accompanied Yudhoyono to Berlin, attended the signing of a joint venture agreement between Indonesian tourism logistics company Panorama Group and hotel chain Carlson Rezidor. 

Under the agreement, the companies will seek to initiate hotel projects under the Carlson Rezidor brand in Indonesia. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Germany is Indonesia’s biggest trading partner in Europe. Indonesian exports to German last year totaled $2.59 billion, while Germany’s exports to Indonesia stood at $3.3 billion. 

Realized investment from Germany to Indonesia last year stood at $75.8 million. 

In Berlin, Yudhoyono also met with the chief executives of carmaker Volkswagen and electronics giant Siemens. The president has since left for Hungary.

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