Monday, March 21, 2016

1) Rex Horoi to be appointed Solomons’ West Papua envoy

2) Papua Government Urges Minister to Cease Provocative Statements
3) Fishing Company Forced to Sell Nine Boats
4) Papua Needs to Tap Arabica Coffee Potential

5) Japan and US Potential Markets for Manokwari Fisheries Products
6) Indonesia, Australia strengthen  ties over Bali Process 
7) New mega embassy reveals ‘breadth’ of RI-Australia ties - 

1) Rex Horoi to be appointed Solomons’ West Papua envoy
12:04 pm today
Former Solomon Islands diplomat Rex Horoi is expected to be appointed his country’s special envoy on West Papua at the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
Solomons Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogovare, has intimated that Mr Horoi - the outgoing Director of the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific - will take up the post shortly.
Mr Horoi will be responsible for ensuring MSG support for West Papua's inclusion in the United Nations Decolonisation list .
Under a Solomon Islands plan designed last year, the country was to have appointed a special envoy to lobby Pacific island governments to support West Papua's inclusion on the list.
The Solomon Islands was also expected to appoint Fe'iloakitau Tevi - former General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches - as adviser to the special representative.
Most MSG countries support decolonisation of West Papua which was annexed by Indonesia in 1961 after the UN, Indonesia and the United States manipulated a referendum in the former Dutch territory.
2) Papua Government Urges Minister to Cease Provocative Statements
22 March 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Provincial Government urged the Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Panjaitan to stop making statements that provoke anxiety in Papua.
Papua Regional Secretary Hery Dosinaen on Monday (21/3/2016) in Jayapura said as a minister Luhut must think before giving any statement, because it could have a huge impact on the people.
“Before making statements, all public officials must think them over. Do not make statements that raise anxiety or huge reactions,” he said.
According to Dosinaen, if security operation in Papua should be materialized, the Central Government must sit together with all stakeholders in Papua. “We don’t know about the information yet. But regarding to this issue, we must sit together. There shouldn’t an emotional statement for a moment,” he said.
Mentioned about the shooting incident in Sinak, Dosinaen said the governor has expressed deep condolence for the victims’ families. “Governor is very concerned about the shooting, because it was occurred when the regional government was intensively building the infrastructure development to connect the land transportation access between regencies in the highland area,” he said.
Earlier, Papuan councilor Laurenzus Kadepa reminded Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan to not exaggerate the traumatic over indigenous Papuans. He said the minister was overreacted. Moreover the shooting perpetrators in Papua are never revealed. It was frequently identified as unidentified people, insurgent group, Papua Free Movement, separatist and so on.
“But for sure it would increase the traumatic over indigenous Papuans. How many civilians have been the victims, and now how many people would become the victims if the operation was done,” he said. (Alexander Loen/rom)
3) Fishing Company Forced to Sell Nine Boats
22 March 2016

Sorong, Jubi – PT. Alfa Kurnia has decided to sell nine motorboats docking at Sorong Fishing Port, Papua Barat Province, after ceasing operations since last year due to a moratorium on fishing imposed by Minister of Maritime and Fisheries Susi Pujiastuti on 10 October 2015.
PT. Alfa Kurnia CEO Supriyanto said those motorboats were sold to other companies with fishing operation licenses to catch fish in Papua and Papua Barat waters.
“We have stopped the operations since the moratorium was issued, so we will just sell the boats,” he told reporter in Sorong on Monday (21/3/2016).
PT. Alfa Kurnia ex-worker Hendrik who was a ship crew said currently he loss income since the moratorium applied. “I just expect to have income as motorcycle taxi driver,” he said. (Niko MB/rom)
4) Papua Needs to Tap Arabica Coffee Potential
22 March 2016

Jayapura, Jubi – Second Deputy Chairman of Papua Legislative Council Fernando AY Tinal said Papua has so much potential in the agricultural sector such as Arabica coffee that has not been optimized by the local government at both regional and provincial levels.
He said, for instance the Arabica coffee plant that is suitable to grow in Papua highland areas gets little attention from the local government; yet it has potencial to be a top commodity.
“I hope the Papua Provincial Government through Plantation Office as well as Cooperation, Trading and Industry Office to support the cultivation of Arabica coffee in Papua,” said Tinal on Monday (21/3/2016).
According to him, the Arabica coffee should become one of top export commodities for Papua; moreover it is listed in the world’s stock exchange, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
In Papua, said Tinal, Multi-Purpose Cooperation (KSU) Baliem Arabica is already established since 2006. The central office is located in Wamena, Jayawijaya pioneering the cultivation of coffee, coffee processing and national standard export with branding of BBCoffee BBCoffee (Baliem Blue Coffee). KSU Baliem Arabica production areas are including five regencies in highland area, namely Jayawijaya, Tolikara, Lani Jaya, Mamberamo Tengah and Yahukimo.
“Since 2009, BBCoffee exported its products to the international market. The end of 2013, it opened new distribution and sales office in Yogyakarta by launching online and offline market and barter of special product,” he said.
Separately, the Deputy Chairman of Commission II of Papua Legislative Council for Economic Affairs, Madai Gombo said Papua has much potential in agricultural sector to be developed and to improve the community economics.
“For instance coffee, red fruit (pandanus sp), cassava and others. It could become the economic resources for community,” said Madai Gombo.
Not only for agricultural sector, he further said, Papua also has potential for husbandry, such as chicken, cow and pig breeding. Local government should use all potencies. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

5) Japan and US Potential Markets for Manokwari Fisheries Products
22 March 2016
Manokwari, Jubi – Japan and the US are potential markets for fisheries products from Manokwari Regency, Papua Barat Province.
The head of Manokwari Cooperation, Trade and Industry Office Supomo said on Monday (21/3/2016) in Manokwari that some European countries are also the markets for local fishery products.
He said the local fishery products such as tuna, crabs, shrimps have the best quality and export value. In addition, its supply quantity is sufficient to meet the needs of domestic and international markets as well.
“It is proven that people has never lack of supply, further the export activity to other region is running smoothly,” he said.
He also mentioned the export activity has been done via Bitung, North Sulawasi and Bali. “But unfortunately, it wasn’t our local traders or fishermen to get benefit from this activity but the exporters of both regions,” he said.
Supomo revealed so far the export activity of local fishery products could not be done from Manokwari due to none of local exporters. “We have only the local businessmen for inter-islands trading. They are not capable for international trading yet,” he said.
Currently the Cooperation, Trade and Industry Office is trying to push the export activity for both fishermen and local government could get benefit from this activity. It is expected the inter-islands traders who absorbed the fishery products from Manokwari fishermen could improve their business capacity to exporters.
“The export value is higher, but only the exporters could take benefit on it instead of local traders or fishermen,” he said.
He added there is no export activity done in Manokwari for couple of years. The last export was in 2009. “Currently we are going to process the LNG export permit for BP Tangguh operated in Teluk Bintuni. During the time, the export has not been done via Manokwari,” he said. (*/rom)


6) Indonesia, Australia strengthen  ties over Bali Process 
Liza Yosephine,, Jakarta | National | Tue, March 22 2016, 11:34 AM - 
Indonesia and Australia have taken steps to enhance their relationship ahead of the Bali Process meeting.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met on Monday with her Indonesian counterpart, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, in preparation for the meeting scheduled to be held in Bali on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The meeting was considered evidence of a step forward in mending ties ahead of the countries' cochairmanship at the two-day event in Bali.
"[Our bilateral discussions] took a very positive turn, very progressive compared with the three months when we met in Sydney. And we have a very strong commitment," Retno said during a press conference following her bilateral meeting with Bishop at the Foreign Ministry in Jakarta on Monday.
The Bali Process is an international forum established in 2002 to facilitate the handling of issues related to people smuggling, human trafficking and related transnational crime.
Retno said the two nations were set to begin final negotiations of the Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), which they are currently forging, by May.
Apart from trade and investment, she said, both ministers also took the opportunity to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation in the fields of education, counterterrorism and cybersecurity.
"At government-to-government, business-to-business and people-to-people levels, this relationship will endure," Bishop said.
Both foreign ministers are cochairing the sixth Bali Regional Ministerial Conference on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons, and Related Transnational Crime (BRMC), known as the Bali Process.
Apart from the usual ministerial statement produced at the end of a Bali Process, this year’s meeting will see a new document released in the form of a declaration detailing an emergency response mechanism for people smuggling and human trafficking in the region.
The move is deemed necessary due to the humanitarian crisis experienced in the region last year caused by the sudden influx of irregular migration from Myanmar and Bangladesh.
The anticipated Bali Process conference failed to materialize in 2015, due to tensions between the two countries related to Indonesia's move to execute drug convicts, including two Australians, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.
In her visit to Indonesia, Bishop is scheduled to not only attend the Bali Process conference but also the inauguration of the new Australian Embassy in Jakarta and a newly opened Australian Consulate in Makassar. (ebf)
7) New mega embassy reveals ‘breadth’ of RI-Australia ties - 
Tata Salim, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | World | Tue, March 22 2016, 9:30 AM -

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop inaugurated the nation’s new embassy in Jakarta on Monday, now Australia’s largest embassy worldwide, symbolizing “the breadth and the depth” of the relationship between the two countries.

Marking the start of her three-day visit to the archipelago, Bishop spent her first day in Jakarta at the opening ceremony of the embassy, a massive complex in Patra Kuningan area, not far from the embassy’s previous location.

The new state-of-the-art embassy has been 12 years in the making, with talks about the highly secure facility beginning after the terrorist bombing at the embassy in 2004.

A traditional Aboriginal ceremony and a multi-faith prayer recital marked the launch of the massive new complex, which is set on a 50,000 square meter plot of land and cost US$315 million to build. 

“This is our largest overseas diplomatic post and will be a symbol of the breadth and the depth and the importance of this relationship between Australia and Indonesia,” Bishop said on Monday.

Australian media ABC wrote that the compound was able to withstand a one in 2,500-year earthquake and could move 600 millimeters in any direction.

Beside the new embassy, Bishop is slated to open a new Australian Consulate General in Makassar, underscoring wider understanding of the need to develop economic ties in regions other than Jakarta.

“Makassar, the fifth-largest city in Indonesia, is a booming economic location and we want to ensure that Australia and Indonesia can partner in trade, investment and deepening the economic opportunities between our countries,” Bishop added.

The new embassy underscored two countries commitment to reinvigorating multi-faceted bilateral cooperation.

During bilateral talks between Bishop and Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, the two ministers agreed that the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) would recommence shortly.

“We warmly welcome and note the progress that we had in the past three months. First, is our commitment and our agreement to accept the negotiation in the context of Indonesia-Australia CEPA,” Retno said.

The third round of negotiations will start in May, continuing the March 14–18 talks between ministers of the two countries.

Australia is Indonesia’s 12th largest trade partner and foreign investor in 2015. A two-way trade in 2015 reached US$8.49 billion. 

Bishop said CEPA would be yet another example of the strength and diversity of the relationship between the two countries. “Our business links deepen to — our trade [value] is somewhere around $15 billion but there is unlimited potential for us to increase that level of economic engagement for the benefit of both our economies and of course promotion of jobs,” Bishop added.

The two also talked about enhancing education cooperation with the implementation of the New Colombo Plan, under which Indonesia is the most popular destination of 37 countries for Australian students. By the end of 2016, the program’s third year, 2,000 Australian students would be studying in Indonesia as part of the New Colombo Plan, Bishop said.

Retno added that Indonesia had 17,000 students studying in Australia, and that Indonesia offered some scholarships for Australian students. 

“Those are the bilateral issues we discussed; a very positive tone and very progressive compared to three months [ago when] we met in Sydney, and we have a very strong commitment to move forward in an even better and stronger way,” Retno added. 

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