Manuel Kaisiepo is a former Undersecretary of Eastern Indonesia Regional Development Acceleration in National Unity Cabinet. He is also the former State Minister of Eastern Indonesia Regional Development Acceleration in Gotong-Royong (Indonesian term for joint cooperation) Cabinet. Kaisiepo was born in Biak, Papua, on 25 Desember of 1953. Since his childhood life he has always been putting a lot of care towards the people of Papua. His dream is to improve the welfare of the Papuan people. As a Papuan him self, he is very concerned on improving the standard of living of the Papuan people in every aspects of life. Hence, in 1984 Manuel Kaisiepo decided to became a journalist in Kompas to fight for the equality of the Papuan people. Furthermore, he also became the Editor of Journal Prisma (LP3ES), a Non Profit Organization that publishes articles and researches about politic, economy, and government policy.
During President Abdurrahman Wahid adminstration in 2000, Manuel Kaisiepo quit his job as a journalist in Kompas because he has been chosen as the Undersecretary of Eastern Indonesia Regional Development Acceleration. Even after the impeachment of President Abdurrahman Wahid by People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), Manuel Kaisiepo position as a Minister is unshakable. President Abdurrahman Wahid’s successor, President Megawati Sukarnoputri has decided to change the name of his position, from Undersecretary of Eastern Indonesia Regional Development Acceleration to State Minister of Eastern Indonesia Regional Development Acceleration, but she decided to keep him as the Minister. Manuel Kaisiepo is well known to fight for justice and equality in Indonesia Eastern Region, especially Papua, during his leadership as Minister. One of his great achievement is creating Special Autonomy Act for Papua No 21 Years 2001, that give autonomous right to Papua Regions in governing their own region.
During his reign as Minister, Manuel Kaisiepo even wrote a book entitle “The Commitment of Manuel Kaisiepo: Indonesia Eastern Regions in Natural Resources and Human Resources Policy-Indonesia Eastern Regions Development Series” that was published by State Ministry of Eastern Indonesia Regional Development Acceleration in 2004. One of Manuel Kaisiepo’s biggest concern in Papua is the tribal war that still occurred in Papua at that time. He suggested that tribal war occurred due to the misplaced logic among the people involved in tribal war in papua.
In 2009, Manuel Kaisiepo got elected as member of the Commission of Natural Mineral Resources Energy, environment, Research and Technology (VII Commission) in People’s Representative Council. He became the People’s Representative Council from the Party of PDI Perjuangan.
Below is the biography of Manuel Kaisiepo:
- Bachelor Degree in International Relation from Social Science and Political Science Faculty in Gadjah Mada University (1973-1975)
- Bachelor Degree from Social Science and Political Science Faculty in National University of Jakarta. (1977-1979)
- Driyakara Philosophy Academy (1984)
- Institute of Management, Jakarta S2, MBA, Honolulu (2000)
- Editor in Journal Prisma (LP3ES), Jakarta
- Journalist in Kompas, Jakarta. (1984-2000)
- Undersecretary of Eastern Indonesia Regional Development Acceleration (2000-2001)
- State Minister of Eastern Indonesia Regional Development Acceleration (2001-2004)
- Member of the Commission of Natural Mineral Resources Energy, environment, Research and Technology (VII Commission) in People’s Representative Council. (2009-2014)
Manuel Kaisiepo is not the only Papuan Minister in Indonesia, there are also three other Papuan born men and woman who became the Ministers of Indonesia. One of them is Freddy Numberi. Freddy Numberi is well known as a military and political figure in Indonesia. He is the first Papua who has ever achieved Vice Admiral rank in Indonesia Navy. Not only is he bright in his military career, Freddy also has a bright political career. He was once the Governor of Papua and the Ambassador of Indonesia in Italy and Malta. He is also the first Papua who has ever served as the Minister of Indonesia for three times.