An Affirmative Policies and a Bright Future for Native Papuans – Affirmative policies implemented by the government towards Papua and West Papua are indeed needed to create wider opportunities for native Papuans/Orang Asli Papua (OAP) in the Earth of Cendrawasih. In the context of Papua, opportunities are open for Papuan youths.

First, there is a special autonomy fund. Second, there is an affirmative policy from the government, how to empower OAP to have a brighter future,” said an observer of Papua and strategic issues Prof Imron Cotan at a gathering for Papuan students throughout Jabodetabek held by the Human Studies Institute and the Moya Institute, in Jakarta, Wednesday. .

Imron explained, Presidential Instruction Number 9 of 2020 concerning the Acceleration of Welfare Development in Papua is the latest step in the government’s commitment to advancing Papua.

For him, the unstable security situation has hampered the development process launched by the government.

Therefore, it is necessary to strengthen affirmative development policies as an effort to realize the acceleration of the development of the welfare of the Papuan people. “This affirmative policy must be strengthened, especially in creating jobs for OAP.

For example, OAP graduates from various campuses who hardly find work can have the opportunity to work in BUMN,” the former Indonesian Ambassador to Australia.

Another affirmative policy that will be issued by the government, according to Imron, is that in the near future the House and the government will issue a Law on the New Autonomous Region, which is expected to cover the entire customary territory of the Land of Papua.

Meanwhile, a young Papuan leader, Charles Kosay, said it was time for Papuan youths to become agents of change to see the future.

Papuan youths, he said, no longer need to look at what is happening behind them, so they can face challenges in the future, as part of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. Papua today needs human resources, which incidentally are young Papuan children who are currently studying in various places.

“We are the ones who will build our own Papua Land. Papua is rich in natural resources, but who will manage it, if the human resources are not educated. So let’s unite our resoluteness” said Charles.

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