Papuan Earth Gets Shining – Papua is one of the largest islands in Indonesia. Its area reaches 418,707.7 km². With such a wide scope, the government remains committed to develop the people of Cenderawasih earth.

Agustine Ariella Nere or commonly called Putri Nere, knows very well the developments in her homeland. In a Lisan Teras Negeriku Podcast with the theme Papua is Us, the winner of the 2006 Miss Papua title feels the infrastructure development carried out by President Joko Widodo. For example, the issue of roads that can affect the wheels of the local economy.

Regarding development, never doubt the government’s commitment! President Joko Widodo, for example, in September 2020 released Presidential Instruction No. 29 of 2020 concerning the Acceleration of Development in the Provinces of Papua and West Papua. This step is certainly taken to create a society in the two provinces that is advanced, prosperous, peaceful and dignified. The President also emphasized that the focus of development is aimed at Papuan Orang Asli (OAP). So, it is fitting for Putri Nere and other Papuan people to be proud of the efforts and real work of the government.

This Presidential Instruction is proof of the government’s obligation to equalize development in Papua with other provinces. Not only that, but also speed it up. One of them is the development of infrastructure on the easternmost island of Indonesia, which in recent years has been intensively carried out. Such as the construction of the Trans Papua Road of 3,534 km, the Papua Border Road of 1,098 km and the Youtefa Bridge of 1.3 km.

In addition, there is infrastructure development to support the implementation of the XX National Sports Week (PON). There is also the building of special houses, clean water, environmental roads, and suspension bridges in Asmat, Mappi, and Mamberamo Raya Regencies.

Not only that, the telecommunications infrastructure is also being intensively developed in Papua. The goal is to make it easier for people to get access to information, especially information related to health, government, and tourism.

By means of the Palapa Ring project, it is hoped that Papua will get better telecommunications access. The Palapa Ring is a telecommunications infrastructure project in the form of fiber optic construction throughout Indonesia along 36,000 kilometers. The project consists of seven small fiber optic rings for Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Nusa Tenggara, Papua, Sulawesi and Maluku.

To improve communication services in Papua, from 2021 to 2022, the Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo) targets the buildings of BTS towers at 4,519 points in Papua. This BTS tower will be installed in mountainous areas up to an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level.

In addition to the infrastructure development, the Government also focuses on the development of human resources as the main factor for the success of development. One of them is by opening scholarships and other educational programs for the young generation of Papua.

In this regard, the Papuan people have undergone many changes. One of the factors is the increasing amount of knowledge absorbed. According to Putri Nere, the large number of young people in Papua studying abroad also has a role in the progress of this social development.

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