Friday, September 5, 2014

1) West Papua leader Ondawame dies

1) West Papua leader Ondawame dies

2) Semen Indonesia, BRI see  gold in Papua market

1) West Papua leader Ondawame dies

Updated at 2:29 pm today

The West Papuan pro-independence leader John Otto Ondawame has died after suffering a heart attack in the Vanuatu capital.
Dr Ondawame, who hails from the Amungme tribe in Mimika regency in Indonesia's Papua province, was the vice-chairman of the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation.
Johnny Blades reports:
"John Ondawame had lived in Port Vila for many years, having earlier fled Indonesia and initially being granted asylum by Sweden in 1979. In the early years after West Papua's incorporation into Indonesia in 1969, Dr Ondawame emerged as a leader of the OPM Free West Papua Movement, organising guerrilla and political campaigns from the jungle. After obtaining a PhD in political science from the Australian National University in 2000, Dr Ondawame devoted his time to lobbying for peace in West Papua and independence for his people. In recent years he has been centrally involved in an ongoing bid for West Papuan membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group. He had reportedly been unwell for months, including complications from diabetes. John Ondawame was in his late 50s and is survived by his wife and son."
Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

2) Semen Indonesia, BRI see  gold in Papua market
Khoirul Amin, The Jakarta Post, Papua | Business | Fri, September 05 2014, 11:55 AM

State-owned cement maker PT Semen Indonesia and state-owned lender PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) are aiming to increase their cash flows from one of their fastest growing markets in the country, the Papua area.

Semen Indonesia president director Dwi Soetjipto said the Papua area (Papua and West Papua provinces) had become the fastest growing market for the country’s cement industry. 

“Cement sales in Papua and Maluku recorded the highest levels in the country, surpassing those of Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan,” he said.

Demand for cement in Papua and Maluku surged 54.8 percent to 1.22 million tons in 2012 from 790,000 in 2011, according to data from Semen Indonesia. 

That compares favorably with the growth in demand from Java, Kalimantan, Nusa Tenggara and Sulawesi, which only reached 14.6 percent, 21.3 percent, 13.9 percent and 16.6 percent, respectively, in the same period.

Dwi said that most cement demand in Papua was for the construction of various buildings, including housing and offices, and was in line with the area’s surging economic growth.

Papua recorded 14.84 percent in economic growth last year, the highest among all provinces, and West Papua came second with 9.3 percent growth. The two surpassed the national economic growth of 5.7 percent.

To cater to growing demand for cement in the Papua area, last year Semen Indonesia built a rotary packing plant for a total investment of Rp 162 billion (US$13.8 million) in Sorong, West Papua. 

The plant produces 2,200 bags per hour and currently supplies between 300 and 400 tons per day to the West Papua area alone.

Semen Indonesia expects that in the near future the plant will be able to supply cement to the Papua provinces, the markets of which are now dominated by Holcim and Tiga Roda.

Another state-owned enterprise, BRI, also aims to further expand its business in Papua, as the region had among the fastest growing markets for the company. 

Rapiuddin, the head of BRI Sorong, which handles BRI’s operations in the West Papua area, said Tuesday that West Papua had become one of the largest contributors of revenue to his company.

“We recorded our highest growth in Sorong, with the biggest share as compared to other BRI branches nationwide,” he said.

BRI’s outstanding loans hit Rp 430.62 trillion nationwide last year, of which Rp 1 trillion was from its West Papua’s operation. 

Rapiuddin said that BRI Sorong had set a target to pocket a 20 percent increase in its outstanding loans this year and a 40 percent increase in its fee-based income. BRI won 28.1 percent of the overall market share in West Papua.

As of August this year, BRI’s total outstanding micro loans (KUR) in West Papua hit a record high of Rp 91 billion, already surpassing its last year’s total outstanding loans in the province of Rp 83 billion. 

Of the Rp 91 billion, Rp 39.35 billion was micro KUR and the remaining Rp 51.45 billion was retail KUR.

This year alone, BRI had set targets to pocket Rp 102 billion in KUR from its operations in West Papua.

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