Thursday, February 27, 2020

1) Parkop to establish Free West Papua secretariat in Port Moresby

2) Three wounded in exchange of fire in Nduga, Papua
3) Minister encourages Papua to reduce investment in palm plantations
4) Minister launches green investment for Papua, West Papua
5) Government introduces Papua's business potential to 45 investors

1) Parkop to establish Free West Papua secretariat in Port Moresby

4:08 pm on 27 February 2020  

The governor of Papua New Guinea's National Capital District, Powes Parkop. Photo: RNZ / Koroi Hawkins

The governor of Papua New Guinea's capital says a Free West Papua Campaign secretariat will be established in his city.
Powes Parkop made the announcement in Port Moresby in his latest move to raise awareness about human rights issues in PNG's neighbouring Indonesian-ruled territory of West Papua.
Mr Parkop accuses regional governments, including Australia, of turning a blind eye to gross human rights abuses in West Papua.
EMTV reports he is using PNG's capital as a hub to lobby support for West Papuan independence aspirations, and is petitioning the UN to address the situation in Papua.
Meanwhile, the Catholic church in Papua New Guinea has reported a new influx of West Papuan asylum seekers into Western Province.
The Catholic Diocese in Kiunga is looking after 133 people who have crossed the border, claiming to have fled from the Indonesian military in West Papua, according to The National.
Kiunga Diocese's Father Gilles Cote said the asylum seekers were being housed in a temporary camp on church land.
He said the Kiunga public was helping care for them with food, water, clothing and other humanitarian needs.
The group reportedly arrived last month having walked for around 400km over mountainous terrain from Nduga regency in Indonesian-administrated Papua province.
Nduga is the focus of ongoing armed conflict between Indonesia's military and the West Papua Liberation Army, which massacred at least 16 Indonesian road construction workers in the regency in late 2018.
PNG's Department of Provincial and Local Level Government, along with officials from Immigrations and Foreign Affairs, are processing the West Papuans to determine their refugee status.
Those who do not meet the political refugee status will be advised to return to their home.
While those who are identified as political refugees will be transported to Western province's East Awin Camp, a gazetted area for West Papuan refugees.


2) Three wounded in exchange of fire in Nduga, Papua
6 hours ago

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - Three people were injured, including a member of the Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob), in an exchange of fire between security forces and an armed group in Nduga, Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen Paulus Waterpauw confirmed here on Thursday.

Two civilians who were injured in the shooting on Wednesday (Feb 26) have been treated at Kenyam Hospital, while the wounded policeman was evacuated to Jakarta from Timika, Waterpauw said.

According to the police, the armed group had attacked a military post in Koteka village.

Waterpauw noted that the shooting has confirmed the authority's decision not to withdraw security personnel from the district.

The Indonesian Military and Police stationed its personnel in Nduga district following the assault against construction workers of state-owned construction firm PT Istaka Karya in December 2018 that killed 17 workers, while the fate of four other workers is still unclear.

The security personnel are guarding the construction of a bridge in the region, he said.

The workers are building a road that will provide access to the hilly area in Kali-Yigi-kali Urak in Nduga.

Responding to the demand to withdraw the security personnel, Waterpauw said, the armed group is still creating trouble in the region and attacking security personnel.

"Do not politicize the existence of the Indonesian military and police in Nduga, because the security personnel are also among the victims of the attack," he stressed.


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3) Minister encourages Papua to reduce investment in palm plantations
 9 hours ago
Sorong, Papua (ANTARA) - Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan encouraged the local governments and community of Papua and West Papua to lower investment in palm plantations.

"Investment in palm plantations usually only belongs to foreign investors and not necessarily profitable for the local people," Minister Panjaitan stated here on Thursday.

He expounded that the government had currently enacted a moratorium on palm plantations to halt logging in the forests of Papua and West Papua.

Moreover, Panjaitan encouraged the Papuan local government to not only direct its attention on big investments, particularly if it is damaging the forest, but also concentrate on small investments that are beneficial for the community and are environment-friendly.

He also highlighted the fact that Papua and West Papua had varied agricultural commodities, including nutmeg, cocoa, coffee, and seaweed, that could be developed by the community to boost local economic growth.

To this end, he called for governments of the two provinces to make all-out efforts and to collaborate with stakeholders from all sectors to develop the local economic potentials.

Panjaitan stressed on the need for the local governments of Papua and West Papua to improve the quality of education by prioritizing specialized education in the agricultural and fisheries sectors to realize the sustainable development of natural resources.

"I encourage the local government and people of Papua to rise and work hard to develop their potential and prioritize the sustainability of nature for the subsequent generations in future," he added. 
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4) Minister launches green investment for Papua, West Papua
3 hours ago

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has launched a green investment concept in Papua and West Papua. "This is concerning the abundance of natural resources in Papua and West Papua. Green investment, utilizing natural resources while maintaining sustainability will become the appropriate scheme to promote development in Papua and West Papua," he said in a statement received here, Thursday.

Pandjaitan launched the concept at a High Level Meeting on Green Investment for Papua and West Papua in Sorong, Thursday.

Green investment is an environmentally friendly concept that is being optimized by the government of Indonesia, he further said. In its first phase, the concept targets crops, fishery products, with potentials for exports, as well as eco-tourism in Papua and West Papua.

"We have commodities that are ready to be developed further including cacao, Arabica coffee, and nutmeg. We also have seaweed and Robusta coffee that grow well in Papua," he said, adding that culture, environment and sea in Papua offer immense potential for eco-tourism.

He hoped that the green investment concept, due to be implemented in Papua and West Papua, can foster economic growth in the area.

To optimize its abundant natural resources, the government is committed to protecting, preserving and managing the ecosystems of Papua and West Papua in a sustainable manner, the minister said.

The government's commitment is shown through the development of low carbon development initiatives; moratorium on oil palm plantation concessions, and a moratorium on concessions on primary natural forests and peatlands, according to Pandjaitan.

"The forests and ecosystems of Papua and West Papua need to be intact. The government will provide a policy framework, and businesses would need to provide investment and support. This collaboration can only be carried out effectively if local governments, communities, indigenous groups, local businesses, religious groups and civil society organizations can work together and support each other," he said. (INE)

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5) Government introduces Papua's business potential to 45 investors

 4 hours ago

Sorong, W Papua (ANTARA) - The Indonesian government in association with Yayasan Inisiatif Dagang Hijau (Green Trade Initiative Foundation) took a total of 45 foreign investors to witness firsthand the business potential in the country's eastern provinces of Papua and West Papua.

The foreign investors met with young businessmen from Papua during a high-level meeting on green investment in Sorong, West Papua, on Thursday.

Also present at the meeting were Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan; Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo; Head of the Investment Coordinating Board, Bahlil Lahadalia, and Vice Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Angela Tanoesoedibjo, to support the Papuan businessmen to move forward.

Panjaitan said the concept of green investment or environmentally friendly investment is one of the models of sustainable development in the provinces of Papua and West Papua.

The concept of green investment is aimed at encouraging small-scale investment to promote the agricultural and fisheries sectors in the two provinces, he said.

The presence of foreign investors will encourage the export of agricultural and fishery commodities including nutmeg, cacao beans, seaweed, and other key commodities from the two provinces, he said.

The minister further asked the Papua and West Papua provincial governments to work hard and cooperate with all sectors to develop the potential in the province as part of efforts to promote the economy of the locals. Related news: Indonesia's investment realization exceeded its set target for 2019
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