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Papua Special Autonomy Fund Allocation is the Right on Target | by Philip K.

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Philip K. | Papuan Student

President Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi) program in advancing the Papua Province through regulations for the use of Papua’s Special Autonomy (Otsus) funds for education and health has received positive reactions from several parties.

One of them is a young Papuan businessman, Yance Mote. He assessed that the use of 30% of the total 1.25% special autonomy funds for education was more appropriate to be used to advance human resources (HR) in Papua.

Yance said this was in line with the insistence of Papuan students receiving foreign scholarships who urged the central government to allocate 10% of special autonomy funds for the education sector to the Papua Provincial Government.

He saw that until now the capacity of human resources in Papua is still very weak, this will indirectly result in the weakness of Papua’s fiscal policy towards investment policy.

“For this reason, I strongly agree that the capacity of human resources in Papua must continue to be improved, so that in the future the land of Papua can become a strong province for its economy and be held directly by the sons of the region who have a vision to make Papua more advanced,” he explained.

On the other hand, Yance added, he also encouraged the Papua Provincial Government to be more creative so that the regional original income (PAD) was greater and could be allocated enough for education development and human resource capacity building.

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“In fact, he continued, if the Papua provincial government could increase, there would no longer be a need for a special allocation of special autonomy funds for the advancement of human resources.”

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“If the Papuan provincial government can be more creative, open up opportunities for regional development, it is believed that the PAD will also increase. That way, scholarships can be given to Papuan children to continue their education, even abroad,” he added.

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