Building New Autonomous Region in Papua, Government Focuses on 6 Main Steps – The government has inaugurated three New Autonomous Regions (DOB) in Papua on 11 November 2022. The three are South Papua Province, Central Papua Province, and Papua Pegunungan Province.

A Head of the Information Center (Kapuspen) of the Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri) Benni Irwan said the government was focusing on six main steps in developing new autonomous regions.

“There are six steps being currently the focus of the government together with the provincial government, both the main province and also the new provinces after the inauguration and post-inauguration of (acting) governors in three regions,” he said in a written statement, Friday (9 /12/2022).

First, the government is preparing regional apparatuses and management of the State Civil Apparatus (ASN), which are an important part of administering government. In accordance with the mandate of the Law (UU) regarding the formation of the new autonomous regions, the acting governor (Pj.) no later than three months after his inauguration has prepared his regional apparatuses. Then, six months after the inauguration, efforts have been made to manage or manage ASN.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs has assisted with other ministries and agencies to prepare a draft governor regulation regarding the formation of 22 OPD (Blood Organizations) in each of the new regions,” he said.

Second, the government is pushing for the preparation of infrastructure in the three new autonomous regions. The infrastructure is in the form of the acting governor’s office, regional secretariat office, OPD office, to official houses and official houses.

Third, the government is preparing steps related to budget management, in this case the Draft Regional Revenue and Expenditure Budget (RAPBD) for both 2022 and 2023.

Fourth, continued Benni, the government is preparing to form the Papuan People’s Council (MRP) in each new province as a representative body for indigenous peoples. Fifth, implementation of grant commitments to support governance in new areas.

“There are grants as one of the initial sources of income provided by the main province and districts/cities in the new regions (provinces),” he explained.

Sixth, transfer of assets in the new province, both those owned by the main province and those owned by the districts/cities covering the new province. These assets are the initial capital in administering government in the three new provinces.

“Besides the six things that I said earlier, the conditions are expected to get better, in the sense that governance, public services and development can be carried out more effectively and efficiently,” said Benni.

Benni continued, the government hopes that the ongoing foundation preparation must be completed immediately. For this reason, the government encourages indigenous Papuans to work together with the newly formed provincial government to make breakthroughs and innovations in developing their region.

“Opportunities for these potentials must be utilized by all governors and regional secretaries who currently exist. It is so important to do that each province in the future has advantages, has innovations, has creativities resulting any changes towards a better direction in all aspects, (both) governance, development, (to) public services,” said Benni.

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