Monday, March 21, 2016

1) China Express Interest to Invest Rp 850 Billion in Papua Sago Industry

2) Lekakha Claims to Have Shot 79 Security Personnel 
3) Change in the Air for West Papua? Melanesia Leads the Way
4) Governor Threatens to Revoke 90 Problematic Mining Permits
5) Bank Papua Distribute Rp 2.6 Trillion to Micro Businesses in 2016

6) Australia opens its new embassy in Jakarta

7) LIPI: Papuan People Only Trust President Widodo
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1) China Express Interest to Invest Rp 850 Billion in Papua Sago Industry
21 March 2016




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                                                                      Local people to harvest the sago – Jubi


Jakarta, Jubi – Chinese investors have expressed interest to invest in the sago processing industry in Papua, the Investment Coordinating Agency (BKPM) said.
Initial investment would be worth of 400 million renminbi or equivalent with Rp 850 billion, said BKPM chief Franky Sibarani in the press conference received in Jakarta on last week.
Sibarani said interest in the sago processing industry contained a strategic value because such industry is categorized as labor-intensive and is expected to absorb about 1.500 workers in Papua.
“The interest expressed by the Chinese investors is positive not only in term of increasing investment in Indonesia, but also becoming an important role in Papua development,” he said.
He further said the investment value planned to cover the sago (Sago armylum) processing industry with annual capacity of 60,000 tones, wood processing manufacture of 100,000 meters cubic and biomass electricity power plant of 6 Megawatt capacities.
“The electricity power plant will use 45 tones of boiler. It is applied as internal source,” he said. He added, about 80 percent of the production capacity is designed for export. “This export-oriented would add the strategic value of the project for Indonesia,” he added.
He guaranteed BKPM to oversee the investment interest that has been delivered. He said the escort is a follow up of BKPM marketing activities in China.
BKPM Investment Planning Deputy Tamba Hutapea, who’s Deputy in Charge for the People’s Republic of China, on Wednesday (17/3/2016) said business delegation has arrived in Jayapura and met with BKMP Jayapura and will depart to Sarmi for direct observation on sago and fisheries potentials.
Tamba considered BKPM would facilitate this interest, therefore it would become a commitment on the investment and expected to be realized immediately.
“This year we will focus to visit 10 provinces in China to attract the Chinese investors to Indonesia,” he said.
BKPM recorded the committed value of investment from China during the period of January to February 2016 has reached USD 3.2 billion. China is in the third rank of the top listed country to commit on investment in Indonesia. Its rank is under the United States of America and Singapore. (*/rom)

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2) Lekakha Claims to Have Shot 79 Security Personnel 
21 March 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – Puncak Regent Willem Wandik accused Kalenat Telenggen and Lekakha Teleggen of being behind an attack that killed four civilians in Sinak on Tuesday (15/3/2016).
“Kalenat Telenggen and Lekakha Telenggen did it. They are behind the attack on PT. Modern workers who built Trans Papua Highway, the road extent of Puncak Jaya to Puncak Regency,” Wandik told Tempo on Wednesday 916/3/2016).
He added Lekakha’s group was established in 2006, while the name of Kalenat Telenggen was known as the leader of an insurgent group since 2014.
According to him, these two groups are always agitating people in Puncak, Puncak Jaya to Mamberamo regencies.
Meanwhile the Indonesian Police Headquarters in Jakarta said they already had the identity of insurgent group who killed the four workers of PT. Modern in Aggengen Village of Sinak Sub-district, Puncak Jaya Regency.
“Identified already, they are the same group that earlier attacking sub-district and district police stations,” said the Indonesian Police Chief General Badrodin Haiti at Ministry of Political, Legal and Human Rights Affairs Office in Jakarta reported CNN Indonesia.
Lekakha Telenggen Says Ready for Responsibility
It is Lekakha Telenggen who confessed as shooting perpetrator over Sinak Police Station on 28 December 2015. Additionally, in January 2015, he and his son Tengamati Telenggen were accused by the Police as attackers who killed two Mobile Brigade personnel Thomson Siahaan and Jeferson in Ilaga, the capital of Puncak Regency in early December 2014. The two personnel were shot when crossing in front of Puncak Regent Office by truck. The insurgents took away two guns AK 47.
Separately contacted by Jubi, Lekakha Telenggen did not deny or confirm the allegations against him. However, he said he was ready be held responsible for the attack if his group did it.
“I am ready to be responsible for the shooting of four construction workers if my group did it,” he said.
As soldiers, he said, they have task to do guerilla in the forest for revolution in the war, not shooting the civilians. “Up to now we have shot 79 military and police personnel,” he said.
Doubt on Lekakha’s Claim
Lekhakha’s claim was doubtful since the group’s goal and affiliation has not been ascertained yet, whether it is affiliated with the National Liberation Army/Papua Free Movement (TPN/OPM).
Socratez Yoman, Chairman of the Papuan Baptist Church Fellowship doubted if the TPN/OPM involved in the shooting. “Is that the OPM supported by security forces in Papua during the time? I don’t believe if the OPM did the shooting,” he said.
According to him, the shooting perpetrators are still in question, because during the time those who did the shooting and killing over the civilians in the highland area aren’t the OPM. If it was true, it must be the supported OPM. “They (supported OPM) once and often said they were supplied with bullets, rice and cigarettes hence being instructed to trigger a mess,” he said.
But for whoever did it, Socratez Yoman strongly condemned the shooting. “It cannot be justified and accepted for whatever reasons. The shooting over four workers was the humanity crime and human rights violation,” he said.
Frangky Demena, relative of three victims Andreas Demena, Daud Demotuw-Demena and David Demena, told the incident that killed his brothers and their co-worker was very awkward, since these workers are not anybody’s enemy. “Why did they shot the civilians instead of security personnel? That’s our question,” he said.
Andreas Demena’s younger brother, Alfius Demena also said the same thing. He admitted his brother had lived in Puncak Jaya for 20 years. “The shooting was perpetrated by the fake OPM to disturb the security. Impossible if the OPM shot the civilians,” he said.
Project Rivalry and BPK
Related to the shooting incident, Paniai Customary Council Chief John Gobay said it could be an impact of rivalry to win the road construction project of Sinak-Mulia Highway.
“I once had experience in Enarotali. There was a contractor who lose the project tender then took the armed group and support them to disturb the running project. It almost occurred the fatality, but we could prevent it,” said Gobay to Jubi.
“In near future the Financial Audit Investigator will come to audit the financial orf provincial and regency isnt it? the OPM issue could be a reason a game to obstruct the investigation.(Hengky Yeimo/Victor Mambor)
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3) Change in the Air for West Papua? Melanesia Leads the Way
21 March 2016
By Maire Leadbeater
IT is great to watch the Solomon Islands establishing itself as a champion of human rights for West Papua. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, current Chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, nailed his colours to the mast at the UN General Assembly last year and now he is on a determined diplomatic offensive around the region. Solomon’s diplomat Barrett Salato used his slot at this month’s Geneva Human Rights Council to plead for Indonesia to address a litany of human rights issues in West Papua – torture, arbitrary arrests, limitations on freedom of expression, racial discrimination and demographic marginalisation.
Peaceful resistance has escalated in West Papua over the past year, spurred on by feisty West Papua campaigns all around the Pacific. In the diplomatic arena, the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) agreed to grant observer status to the West Papua umbrella group: United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). This was rightly welcomed as an important win even though the MSG leaders made concessions to Indonesia at the same time – granting Jakarta Associate Membership of the MSG and qualifying their acceptance of the ULMWP by saying it represented Papuans in exile.
Jakarta has been trying hard but unsuccessfully to counteract the MSG move. First it announced a kind of alternative to the MSG – A Melanesian Brotherhood that would include the Indonesian provinces in Maluku and West Timor as well as the two provinces in West Papua. That got off to a shaky start when the Papua Governor Lukas Enembe described it as a political ploy and declined to attend the signing ceremony.
In February, 5000 people gathered to give their support to a new office for the ULMWP in Wamena in the Highlands. Indonesian police promptly took the ULMWP sign down and began to threaten and intimidate the activists who had organised the event. Father John Djonga, who led the prayers at the opening ceremony, has been subjected to lengthy interrogation by the police. The participants knew it was a risky venture but they decided it was important to make sure the MSG and the world knew the ULMWP was not just an organisation representing exiles.
Mr Sogavare welcomed the new ULMWP office and he has been on a tour in the region discussing the idea of a mediated dialogue between Indonesia and West Papuan representatives. When he first asked for a meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo he was turned down, but he now has a visit to Jakarta scheduled for April. Sogavare is insisting that if Jakarta wants to be an associate member in the MSG if it needs to work with the MSG members on an issue that concerns them all.
Signs of hope? My favourite t-shirt which features the West Papua Morning Star flag is a bit out of date – the slogan reads ‘15 years in jail for raising this flag’. That is a reference to Filep Karma who was jailed by the Indonesian authorities on a charge of treason in 2004 because he took part in a peaceful flag- raising event. He was sentenced to 15 years, but granted early release last November. Karma was actually reluctant to leave jail because he did not want to accept any remission of sentence that implied he had committed a crime. Outspoken and fearless, he is revered by supporters of freedom at home and abroad. Amnesty International accepted him as Prisoner of Conscience and it can take a big share of the credit for embarrassing Jakarta and bringing about his release.
While Karma’s release is definitely a good sign, it is too soon to say that Indonesia is relaxing its repressive rule in West Papua. International journalists still face huge impediments to their access. Last year we were lucky to have excellent on-the-ground reports from Maori TV and RNZ International, but then a French journalist was barred because the authorities did not like the content of a documentary he had produced earlier.
Indonesian rule over West Papua was sanctioned by the west back in the Cold War sixties. To their discredit, New Zealand and even the UN turned a blind eye as Indonesia staged a fraudulent ‘Act of Free Choice’ in 1969. Only 1,022 press-ganged and intimidated Papuans participated. With the international community seemingly indifferent , a guerrilla resistance movement took on the Indonesian military. Over the years some 100,000 have died conflict-related deaths, but now the people are seeking peaceful ways forward.
Last year the Pacific Island Forum proposed a fact-finding mission to West Papua and so far Jakarta has not given its answer. Sogavare is hoping for an independent mission, one that could begin to address the issues set out in the two volumes of human rights reports which have been put before him and the MSG.
Prime Minister Key could take a leaf out of Sogavare’s book. New Zealand should let the Indonesian authorities know we too are 100 per cent behind the Fact Finding Mission and we expect a positive answer. Small steps can lead to big change. (*)
Author is activist for West Papua Action Auckland

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4) Governor Threatens to Revoke 90 Problematic Mining Permits
21 March 2016

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe has threatened to to revoke 90 problematic mining permits, which failed to meet the category of clean and clear (CnC).
Head of Papua Mineral and Energy Resource Office Bangun Manurung said in Jayapura on last week the government is committed to making good on its promise to clean up mineral and coal mining management in Papua.
“It is a follow up of the coordination and supervision activities in mining management initiated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK),” he said.
The governor has the authority to evaluate and revoke the problematic mining permit holders and those who cannot meet the clean and clear category. “There are about 90 mining permits to be revoked because of the overlapping,” he said.
During the time, the regents do not provide database on mine permits in their regions to governor for evaluation. Thus, although it was listed in the database but the documents are not existed. “In fact, most of mining permits in Papua is overlapping. If it’s not completed until May, the permit would be revoked,” said Manurung.
Earlier, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Sudirman Said emphasized to revoke the holders of problematic permit and without CnC category. As previously reported, there are 3,966 IUPs that have not met the category.
Minister Sudirman Said targeted the restoring of business permit for mineral and coal sector could be completed in May 2016. Therefore, the mining permit holders must immediately fix the legal requirements to avoid the revocation.
“We are targeting within May 2016, they (problematic mining permits) could be completed. Hopefully we can do it,” said the minister. (Alexander Loen/rom)
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5) Bank Papua Distribute Rp 2.6 Trillion to Micro Businesses in 2016
21 March 2016

Jayapura, Jubi – Bank Papua provided Rp 13 trillion in public loans, 20 percent or Rp 2.6 trillion of which has been disbursed to to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
He said there are many loan schemes used to develop the micro enterprise, such as Micro Credit Loans (PUM). PUM is a loan facility for micro enterprises that have permanent business and daily turnover.
“There are several schemes that we will adjust with the needs and availability of human resources and the customers themselves,” he said in Jayapura City on last week.
In addition, there are another loan schemes as applied by Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe, Gramen Bank and other things. “I am sure and optimistic it could work, why are we wasting time without leaving the existing evaluation,” he said. Earlier, the Executive Director of Bank Papua, Johan Kafiar, told the economic slowdown in 2015 affected the banking performance in Indonesia. Therefore, the distribution of credit loan of Bank Papua that reached Rp 13.2 trillion was considered not optimal.
“We hope Bank Papua could handle the entire project of Regional Government. So the performance of Bank Papua would be better in this year,” said Kafiar.
Coordinator of the Solidarity of Papuan Trader (SOLPAP) Robert Jitmau said lack of assistance from financial service providers made Papuans to meet difficulties to develop their business. “Do not just observe from the distance, but provide assistant because it’s difficult to change the habit,” said Jitmau.
When Papuan entrepreneur propose for credit loans to financial providers, it is still out of expectation. It is not only the limit of ceiling provided, but also the lack of government program to support the Papuan traders with equal treatment with other loaners.
“We also must offers our motorcycle or certificate, while President Widodo said SOLPAP could be used to give recommendation to Financial Service Provider if they are fear of bad debt,” he said.
Further he admitted not hearing about Bank Papua endorsement to provide loans of Rp 2.3 trillion to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise. (Sindung Sukoco/rom)
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6) Australia opens its new embassy in Jakarta

Senin, 21 Maret 2016 23:51 WIB | 331 Views

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The new Australian Embassy in Jakarta was opened on Monday by the countries Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
The new embassy is the largest ever constructed by an Australian Government in the world and reflects the depth of the relationship between Australia and Indonesia, according to the Australian Embassy here on Monday.
The new complex in Patra Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan, which includes a five-storey Chancery, accommodation for some Embassy staff, and a recreation and medical center covers more than 50,000 square meters.
The embassy complex was built by Indonesian company Total Bangun Persada, in partnership with Leighton (Asia), and continues to make a positive contribution to the local economy. During construction, up to 2,500 local workers were employed on the site. The Australian Government is also upgrading infrastructure in the Embassys neighborhood.
Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson said the new embassy is indicative of Australias expanded diplomatic footprint, which includes a Consulate-General in Bali and another mission soon to be opened in Makassar.
"The Embassy showcases the best in Australian innovative design and cutting edge technology to make the most out of Indonesias environment while minimizing the impact on local water and energy sources," Ambassador Grigson said.
The Embassy complex uses low resource technologies such as collecting and using rainwater as well as solar water heating systems.
Extensive landscaping was carried out during construction. Four mature Banyan trees were also relocated. This relocation is the biggest of its kind ever undertaken and has been recognized by the Indonesian Guinness Book of Records. The effort also won a Museum Rekor Indonesia (MURI) award.
The distinctive colors chosen for the Chancery are designed to represent Australias wealth in minerals such as copper, zinc, brass, steel and aluminum. 
"The new Australian Embassy complex is not only a tribute to Australian creative design and innovation, but is also a tangible example of a very successful Australian-Indonesian construction partnership," Grigson said.(*)

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7) LIPI: Papuan People Only Trust President Widodo
21 March 2016
Jakarta, Jubi – A study by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) found that the people of Papua only trusted President Joko Widodo and not his ministers.
“Therefore the most important person to bring the peaceful in Papua is President Widodo,” said Coordinator team of Papua Study Adriana Elizabeth in Jakarta on Thursday (17/3/2016).
Moreover, on his last visit in Papua in 2015, President Widodo expressed his willingness to enter dialogue with any parties. Therefore, Papua Study team recommended a national dialogue to discuss many issues in Papua.
However, before holding a national dialogue, the team recommends on four series of introductions to be held respectively.
“First dialogue is the dialogue between President Widodo and three pillars of Papua, which are the local governments in Papua and Papua Barat provinces, Regional Legislative Council of Papua and Papua Barat provinces and Papua’s People Assembly of Papua and Papua Barat provinces,” she said.
Another introductions are dialogue intra-ministries and government institutions, dialogue intra-community elements of Papua, and sectorial dialogue to discuss the certain sectorial issues with relevant stakeholders, such as education and health issues.
But, Adriana said the government still considers the dialogue is a taboo. There is fear that dialogue will lead to the people’s desire for independence. “Dialogue is not to talk about position, but to discuss about different interests,” he said. (*/rom)
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