Tuesday, August 30, 2016

1) Cross border trade with PNG in skew temporary stopped

2) National scene: West Papua, Aceh, Banten most vulnerable

1) Cross border trade with PNG in skew temporary stopped
Senin, 29 Agustus 2016 20:33 WIB | 785 Views

Jayapura (ANTARA News) - Trade across the border between Papua and Papua New Guinea (PNG) via Skouw, Jayapura, is stopped after the fire 
that gutted the border market on Saturday night.

“We have agreed with the local traders to stop business across the border pending the reconstruction of the market center," head of the Border 
Management and Foreign Cooperation Agency of the Papua province Suzana D. Wanggai,said here on Monday. 

Suzana said the PNG government has been informed of the decision to stop cross border trade via Skouw. 

Normally the market was open for traders from Papua New Guinea every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Suzana said the information is necessary as almost all buyers at the market center are Papua New Guineans. 

"They have to accept the condition as it is a force majeure. But people remain free to cross the borders," she said. 

Emergency market center is expected to built immediately by the security forces in cooperation with the local traders. 

The district administration has no budget for the reconstruction of the market center, formerly built by the trade ministry. 

"The local traders need the market reopened soon that they could resume business selling goods for buyers from across the border," Suzana said .

The fire on Saturday desytroyed around 200 kiosks in the frontier area of Skouw, Muara Tami, in the city of Jayapura.

Papua police chief Insp.Gen. Paulus Waterpauw said the fire broke out at 18.20 local time destroying most of the kiosk in the border market center. 

"The fire could not be put out immediately as the fire truck was out of function that the military soldiers have to act as fire fighters," the police chief said. 

Paulus said short circuit in one of the wooden kiosks was believed to be the cause of the fire.  

The incident came after recent visit to Skouw by Coordinating Minister for Law, Security and Political Affairs Wiranto, and Coordinating Minister for
 Maritime Affairs Luhut Panjaitan and Australian Attorney General George Brandis and Ambassador Paul Gripson. 

Wiranto invited the two Australian official to visit Papua to see condition in the countrys easternmost and most backward region.(*)

2) National scene: West Papua, Aceh, Banten most vulnerable
Jakarta | Tue, August 30 2016 | 07:33 am

The Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) has released an election vulnerability index identifying regions prone to electoral fraud and conflicts, with West Papua province topping the list. 

The list has been published ahead of concurrent regional elections slated for next year.

Bawaslu spokesperson Daniel Zuchron said the criteria for the index comprised organizer professionalism, candidate contestation and level of public participation. The scale grades 
from 0 to 5, with 0 to 1.0 being “very safe” and 4.1 to 5.0 being “very prone” to conflict.

The list reveals that West Papua (3.381), Aceh (3.327) and Banten (3.147) top the vulnerability index for the elections being held in 101 regions in seven provinces and 94 regencies or cities. 
“The elections in these three provinces require intensive attention and oversight. We have to take anticipatory measures to minimise possible problems,” Daniel said as quoted by kompas.com
Daniel said the main reason for West Papua, the easternmost province in the archipelago, coming first was the lack of professionalism among election organizers.

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