Covid-19 Pandemic, Papua’s Economic Growth is Precisely the Highest in Indonesia – Papua Province Bank Indonesia representatives said that economic growth in Papua in the third quarter of 2021 was the highest in Indonesia.

A Head of Bank Indonesia representative of Papua Province, Naek Tigor Sinaga at the annual meeting of Bank Indonesia explained that in the third quarter of 2021, the Papuan economy grew by around 14.54 percent, much more above the national growth of only 3.51 percent.

He believes that with the cooperation of all parties, the fourth quarter economic growth is optimistic that it can still increase again. Naek said Papua’s economic growth was a momentum for economic recovery in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Unexpectedly, Papua’s economic growth is the highest in Indonesia. Papua’s economic growth has increased, one of which is the existence of PON and Peparnas and also from the mining sector. This is also due to the good cooperation between Bank Indonesia, the Papua Provincial Government and the district/city governments,” he explained.

BI believes that economic growth can be maintained, one of which is through innovation and digitalization that can penetrate all fields.

“Digitalization can make life unusual anymore. So, there must be a digitalization effect. Innovation and digitization are equally important. Both are ways to maintain high-speed economic growth,” he said.

Including the synergy in the formation of the Regional Digitization Acceleration and Expansion Team (TP2DD) by conducting the Rapid Control Towards One Price Papua (Pace Champion) program. A number of these breakthroughs will be maximized by collaboration, both BI, provincial and district governments, OJK and related institutions.

“This is an important key in order to maintain economic growth in Papua. We believe that with this cooperation, economic growth in 2022 can be above 10 percent. We also believe that digitalization will change the pattern of the economy in Papua to be more advanced in the future,” said Naek.

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