Tuesday, February 2, 2016




4) Darmin asked to facilitate meeting on Freeport divestment




Jayapura, Jubi – Border and Foreign Affairs Agency (BPKLN) of Papua Province said there were issues of concern on the border between Papua and Papua New Guinea.
“Papua and PNG are not facing issues occurring on Indonesia – Malaysia and Indonesia – Philippines borders,” said Papua BPKLN Chief Suzana Wanggai in Jayapura on Sunday (31/1/2016).
But population issue is often becoming a problem as consequence of no physical boundaries lay down along the northern to southern area such as landscape or buildings. “The population still becomes the main problem, because the land belongs to Papua is in PNG and vice versa,” she said.

Therefore, Wanggai said, both Indonesia and PNG government must continue to provide the consideration to their citizens to understand the cross-border regulation by socialization and other measures. Because there are PNG citizens live in Papuan settlements and vice versa. It happens due to familial relationship.
“Socialization and other measures have been taken by Papua Provincial (Indonesia) and PNG Government. If there is a report on the ground, provincial government and the Government of PNG will certainly check and vice versa,” she said.
She added to ensure the measures are running, it needs to improve the coordination between the provincial government and regional/municipal government although it has been running. “Yes, if there is appraisal said this is not working, that is nor working, it’s normal. But clearly the cooperation has been done,” he said.
Earlier, the Papua Governor Lukas Enembe told the handling and problem solving in border areas management need a strategy and coordination between relevant technical institutions at both local and central levels.
“All technical agencies have very important tasks and roles in order to improve coordination and synchronization in addressing many challenges and problems in the border area,” said Enembe. (Alexander Loen/rom)
Jayapura, Jubi – The chairman of the Jayapura city branch of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI),  Victor Mambor, said although President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has declared that Papua is open to foreign journalists, the fact on the ground is different.
Foreign journalists are still having difficulties in working in Papua, Mambor said.
Foreign journalists should not only be allowed to visit Papua, but also report freely, he said.
Mambor made the remarks during a national seminar held Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in the auditorium of LIPI, Jalan Gatot Subroto, Jakarta last weekend.
He said, although foreign journalists are free to visit Papua, they are not free to report.
“As journalists, we know the risks. Missing and dying on the spot of coverage is the risk the comes with being a journalist, ” said Mambor, who also is also editor-in-chief of Jubi
According to him, since Jokowi announced restrictions on foreign journalists in Papua were lifted, 18 foreign reporters have visited Papua, 12 of them at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The other six entered independently. It’s two different things.
Not all foreign journalists can enter Papua independently, even after he did the coverage and wanted to come back to Indonesia. One of them was French journalist Cyril Payen, who some time ago his visa was refused for no apparent reason.
“We appreciate the government rules, but if it is not publicly explained, this will be ” loose cannon or bola liar.” If they are rejected or do not meet the procedures, should be explained openly. Moreover, the problem is the visit letter. French radio reporter was given a letter to go to Jayapura, while he covered not only in Jayapura. It was then a problem when he went out of Jayapura “he said.
“The French came with two permits, to coverage and make a video. Because of the coverage he was called by the Indonesian consulate in Bangkok, “he continued.
According to him, even though foreign journalists has received permission from Jakarta, but there will be Papua police and army involvements when they come. He said they had tried to discuss with the relevant local military commander and police chief foreign correspondent but these two institutions refused.
“I also wonder whether the president’s instruction was known by the police chief and military commander or not.” He said.
At the same occasion, director of the Alliance for Democracy in Papua (ALDP), Latifa Anum Siregar, who also presented as a guest speaker in the seminar stated until now the access of foreign journalists to Papua has not been as expected.
“I think until now there will be journalists who proudly calls itself the first came and got extraordinary flexibility when Jokowi’ve talked to open access of foreign journalists to Papua,” she continued.
Another speaker, Tantowi Yahya, said the president’s decision to open  access for foreign journalists to Papua remained controversial at the central government level.
“When we talk with stakeholders in government, they also have not one word. There is a desire, there is also a look at the impact of the enormous freedom. That is why since the reign of Soeharto to SBY was never opened, “said deputy chairman of commission I of the House of Representatives. (Arjuna Pademme)


Jayapura, Jubi – The handling of Papua problems must not only focus on defense and political interests, but also on the cultural aspect.
The Directorate General of Culture of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, Hilmar Farid, said cultural approaches could prove to work to ease tensions.
“How to find a new way in solving the problems in Papua. Culture is a tribute towards diversity. In the Papua context, it must be seriously considered. It is not only referring to diversity of opinion but also the diversity of the way of life. If it is well noted, it would contribute to develop a peaceful Papua,” said Hilmar last week in Jakarta.
According to him, a simple example connected to the way of life. The indigenous Papuans depend on taro for living. But in the last twenty years, many Papuans eat rice and forget about the taro, and even gave not enough space for it to be developed.
“When take a look, it is part of an ecosystem. The culture is not only about to live symbolically or formally, but it is connected to life chances. It needs to pay attention to people’s understanding about the rights in connection with their land,” he said.
He believed it’s time to pay attention to history. Especially for Papua and other places in Indonesia, had a diverse and centralistic history in the political and social life. Talking about the past is important, that we cannot talk about the present and the future without it. However, he said, it would better if seeing Papua in the future framework.
“It’s not talking about what was happened within two or ten years. Papua is currently one of the few places that relatively protect its nature, although it doesn’t mean any destruction. It is not only good for Papua, but also for Indonesia and the world as well,” he said.
According to him, talking about forecast Papua within the future framework, it could be built in the argument in every dialogue. Papua could be projected to rescue this planet. That people live to protect nature with care in the way of life that has started to change.
“Starting from modernization, the pressure of many parties including the pressure to live as people in other places is very strong. As a result of this friction, we can see its manifestation during the time. So, I think it’s good to set Papua in many things,” he said.
At the same place, Director of the Alliance for Democracy in Papua (ALDP), Latifah Anum Siregar, said to understand Papua it should be viewed in many perspectives for the right approach and solution.
“The President Jokowi has enough good communication with Papuans. About dialogue, it’s not expected to come to Papua for one or two hours or invite people from Jakarta. What people want is to invite people to sit together and talk in the same forum,” said Siregar.
She said, if they wanted a dialogue, each party should have similar point of view. Many parties should be involved. Additionally, it should be cleared who’s going to be appointed by the president to take care of Papua. Papuans should talk to whom and the Central Government must talk to whom. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)


4) Darmin asked to facilitate meeting on Freeport divestment

Selasa, 2 Februari 2016 22:00 WIB | 302 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Coordinating Minister for Economy Darmin Nasution has been asked to facilitate a meeting of three related ministers to discuss acquisition of 10.46 percent stake in PT Freeport Indonesia. 

The U.S. mining company , which has large copper and gold mines in Papua is to divest 10.46 percent of its shares this year .

The company set the price of the stake at US$1.7 billion, but the government said the price was too high especially with the shrinking price of its mineral products at present. 

Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Minister Sudirman Said said a team of officials of the ESDM Ministry, the Finance Ministry and State Enterprises (BUMN) Ministry would be formed to discuss the price set by Freeport. 

"We will ask Coordinating Minister for Economy Darmin Nasution to facilitate the meeting of ESDM Minister, Finance Minister and BUMN Minister," Sudirman said here on Tuesday. 

He said synergy between the related ministries is necessary to process the divestment as it concerns the interest of the central and regional governments, BUMN and regional administration company (BUMD). 

As for the price, Sudirman said it was natural the seller would set a high price and the buyer wants the price to be as low as possible. 

"But it seems the BUMN ministry has set up an independent appraiser . We just use the result of the appraisal," he said. 

He said through the acquisition of the stake the government, which already has a 9.36 percent stake in Freeport, wants to strengthen its position in the management of the company.

With the divestment, the country, either the government alone or with state companies would have a 20 percent stake in Freeport this year.

Indonesia could still acquire a 10 percent more stake in PT Freeport until 2019 as regulated in the contract of the company.

PT Freeport, the subsidiary of the U.S. mining giant Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold , is required by its contract to divest at least 30 percent of its share to the government or Indonesian partners. 

The government has indicated it would not acquire the stake, but the right most likely would be given to state mining companies.

Minister for National Development Planning Sofyan Djalil has said the government has no budget for the stake , and even if it has it would rather use the money to finance infrastructure projects.  

BUMN Minister Rini M. Soemarno has said state companies are ready to acquire the stake but not at the price level as set by Freeport.(*)

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