Papua needs people who can work outside the box: official

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) – Papua needs talented government officials who can think and work outside the box as well as maintain effective coordination and good communication, a top government official has said.

“We need ‘insanity’ to develop Papua. We cannot work like business-as-usual,” secretary of the Papua provincial administration, Dance Yulian Flassy, said here on Wednesday.

He highlighted the importance of effective and solid coordination among local government officials in resolving problems in the province.

“A solid coordination and good communication are so important because none of the problems in Papua cannot be solved if they communicate well,” he remarked.

Hence, local government officials must be able to think and work outside the box if Papua’s development is to be realized, he added.

ANTARA has earlier reported that Papua has been striving to accelerate development in various sectors in order to catch up with other Indonesian provinces.

The development of human resources in Papua and West Papua remains a tricky challenge as they are lagging behind other provinces in their Human Development Index scores.

Papua and West Papua, which have received special autonomy funds amounting to Rp126.99 trillion since 2012, have scored 64.7 and 60.84, respectively, on Indonesia’s 2019 Human Development Index.

To improve the quality of human capital in the two provinces, the Indonesian Finance Ministry has advised regional governments to allocate an endowment fund to finance human resource development and education of native Papuans.

The fund can be allocated from Papua province’s annual budget, director of the Finance Ministry’s endowment fund for education (LPDP) scholarship program, Dwi Larso, stated.

The central government is indeed aware of the challenges faced by Papua and West Papua.

In resolving Papua-related matters, the government is putting emphasis on a prosperity-oriented approach by accelerating infrastructure construction projects that will allow Papua and West Papua to be at par with other provinces.

The government is also focusing on boosting the economic sector of the two provinces to ensure social justice through efforts such as enforcing the one-fuel price policy. (INE)

Source: Antara News