For Papua Development
The Papuan people, thanks to this bill, were given a greater opportunity to play a role in politics. However, their request for independent management of the natural resources of Papua and West Papua has not been met.
The revisions to the Papua Special Autonomy Law have been passed. One stage has been achieved. The revised law is intended for sustainable development in Papua.
Although the revision of Law (UU) No. 21/2001 on Papua Special Autonomy is only one tool to develop Papua, the law’s embodiment should be optimized. Positive provisions in the Papua Special Autonomy bill include an extension to the special autonomy fund until 2041. The amount of the special autonomy fund has als been increased from 2 percent to 2.25 percent of the national general allocation fund. Of the special autonomy fund, 30 percent is for education and 20 percent is for health.
We understand that the administration of President Joko Widodo has made efforts to build infrastructure such as the Trans-Papua highway. It is appropriate that after some of the infrastructure have been built, the focus now should be to develop Papua’s human resources.