Government Projects Papuan Economy to Grow 5.7 Percent in 2022 – The Minister of Transportation (Menhub), Budi Karya Sumadi, projects that Papua’s economic growth in 2022 will be 5.2 – 5.7 percent. This is in line with the infrastructure development in Papua and West Papua which still needs to be strengthened.

“The Papuan economy in 2022 is projected to grow 5.2 – 5.7 percent. Therefore, it is necessary to take steps to solve the strategic issues concerning with productivity and equitable distribution of infrastructure,” said the Minister of Transportation in the Transportation Webinar of Ujung Tombang Papua Development, Tuesday, 7/2021).

The Minister of Transportation said that the projection is a part of the strategic plan of the Ministry of Transportation for 2020-2024, in which the development of underdeveloped areas, borders, and outermost islands is a priority agenda with a target of 7.8 percent economic growth in Papua and a reduction in the poverty rate to 13.7 percent in 2024 through the construction of an air bridge route.

The Minister of Transportation continued, in order to realize equitable and just national development, in accordance with the direction of the President, Presidential Instruction No. 9 of 2020 has been issued regarding the acceleration of welfare development in the Provinces of Papua and West Papua.

“In accordance with the president’s directives, Presidential Instruction No. 9 of 2020 has been issued which accelerates the development of the land of Papua which includes 7 priorities, namely poverty, education, MSE health, employment, achievement of SDGs and infrastructure,” he said.

In his view, the equitable economic growth depends on adequate distribution channels, as indicated by the integration of the backbone of the existing road network in Papua, with available transportation nodes.

“The Ministry of Transportation supports the development of subsidized air bridges, airport developments, sea toll port integration systems, pioneering of land-rivers and crossings as well as the construction of the Trans Papua segment,” he said.

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