The Provincial Government of Papua has just completed their local budget that will be implemented for the next four years. The Governor of papua, Lukas Enembe said that in 2017, the Papua Province would focus on improving the connectivity in Papua. The main goal is to decrease the gap between each area and various programs would then be able to be implemented maximally.
Governor Lukas Enembe explained that the developments to improve the connectivity in Papua would start from the coast, valley, up to the mountain. This would then be able to accelerate the economic growth that would improve the people’s welfare.
Papua still has so many underdeveloped areas with difficult transportation access. This will eventually lead to the low education rate and the lack of quality health access, especially for mother and children.
The infrastructure development that supports inter-area connectivity needs to be the priority of the provincial and local government. Moreover the infrastructure developments will diminish the isolation of an area which are the sources of productions. Such as plantations, paddy fields, fisheries, and so on, which will reap great benefits if connected to ports, central areas or trades such as fish auction, industrial area, as conveyed by President Jokowi during his visit to Depapre port in Jayapura Regency, and Ladies Market in Papua, which has also been visited several times by President Jokowi.
President Jokowi has also planned the development for Depapre port whihc will be connected to the industrial area which is less than 20 km from the port. The infrastructure development to be implemented for the connectivity is road development.
The direct interconnection of production centers with development centers would create economic autonomy. This is especially crucial for places like Papua that would reap tremendous benefit for the decrease of prices in goods. However, the connectivity in Papua can only be realized if the heads of local government would focus and continuously develop the connectivity.
This has been realized by Lanny Jaya Regent, Befa Yogobalom, which allocated the infrastructure funds for developing new roads, improving the quality of existing roads, and bridge development. The Special Autonomy funds for the period of 2013 to 2015 was 93,270,000,000 IDR which was also allocated for residential house, centralized solar power electricity generator, provisioning and installment of solar cells, microhydro, water intake, and BTS development for a better functionality of the airport in Lanny Jaya.
The success of building connectivity of districts in Lanny Jaya regency and also with other regencies such as Tolikara, Puncak, Nduga, and Jayawijaya, made the Regent optimistic. This year, Lanny Jaya would not be isolated with its closest regencies.
The backbone of any sustainable development is physical infrastructure: roads and bridges, railways, ports and inland waterways, airports, electricity generation and network, irrigation, telecommunications, etc. The improvements in infrastructure will have a positive impact on both economic and social development, including education, health, tourism, and trade, as well as on a nation’s integration with the region and the world. hence, it is necessary for the government and all related shareholders to focus on improving the connectivity in Papua.