The Papuan Women’s Victory For Papuan Markets

The market has become one of the central blood flow of the economy’s growth. In the market, as Adam Smith has said, there is an invisible hand that moves in the velocity of money in the market, also known as the invisible hand theory. Seeing the urgent need of markets in several regions of Indonesia, the Indonesian government continues to build and renovate people-based markets such as traditional markets. One of them is a market in Papua.

Papuan Market
Jokowi set the first milestone for Mama-Mama market development. Via

In addition to the ongoing road infrastructures development, a proper market has become a priority in Papua for President Jokowi. The market that is being built is Pasar Mama-mama Papua (Papuan Women’s Market) and will be prepared to be a famous traditional market like Bringhardjo market in Yogyakarta and Klewer market in Solo.

Keep in mind, that this Papuan Women’s Market has had a long journey with the struggle of indigenous Papuan merchants, especially the women. Under the banner of Merchant Solidarity of Local Papuan Women (SOLPAP), they have voiced their desire for the government to construct the market since 2003 until this year.

Yuliana Pigay, the figure who has fought for market development in Papua said that around the year of 2003, they’ve tried to plea to the people’s parliament (DPRD), and Papua province Local Government, but the answers they’ve received were nothing but promises and promises. Until 2009, no market was built. Then in 2013, the new Governor of Papua, Luke Enembe, included the program of Women’s market development into his work program priorities.

SOLPAP did not stop their fight. At the time of Jokowi’s nomination as the candidate of the Republic of Indonesia (05/07/14) Mama Yuliana handed a letter to Jokowi, asking to have a proper and permanent market in Papua to be built during his presidency if he’s elected as the President of Indonesia. Sure enough, when Jokowi was elected as President on December 27, 2014, he made his first visit to Papua and laid the first stone as a symbol of the consturction of Papuan Women’s Market.

However, the market development was only realized in April 2016 by the government. From the data being released, the Ministry of State Enterprises, the Ministry of Agricultural and Spatial Planning/National Defense Agency (ATR / BPN), Ministry of Commerce, BPKP, Perum Damri and local government representatives have also participated in the planning of Papua market development. Deputy V KSP Jaleswari Pramodharwardani who led the meeting emphasized the importance of problem solving for Papuan Women’s Market development on a land owned by DAMRI (government owned motor transportation agency).

It was a long 13 years of wait by the merchants, especially the women, and finally it’s realized. Buses began to be moved from the DAMRI owned land in Jl. Percetakan, Jayapura and being gradually built into a decent market that has been envisioned all these time. This market will be an alternative for indigenous Papuans and non-Papuans alike who wants to trade but cannot rent an expensive shop in the city center. This market will also strengthen the economy of people in Papua.

As reported by, 15 permanent markets are planned to be built by the government, which are:

Iriati Central Market -Wondama Bay, West Papua (USD 7 billion).

Kenyam Market -Nduga Regency, Papua (USD 7 billion).

Mulia Central Market -Puncak Jaya Regency, Papua (USD 7 billion).

Tambaruni Market -Fak Fak District, West Papua (IDR 10 billion)

Elelim Market-Yalimo, Papua (USD 7 billion)

Waisei Market-Raja Ampat District, West Papua (USD 7 billion)

Rufei Market-Sorong, West Papua (USD 8 billion)

Kumurkek Market-Maybrat Regency, West Papua (USD 7 billion)

Doyo Baru Sentani Market-Jayapura, Papua (IDR 15 billion)

Entrop Market-Jayapura, Papua (IDR 25 billion)

Wosi Market-Manokwari Regency, West Papua (IDR 10 billion)

Waropen Market-Waropen District, Papua (USD 7 billion)

Jibama Market-Jayawijaya, Papua (USD 7 billion)

Eiknemba Market-Intan Jaya Regency, Papua (IDR 10 billion)

Kaimana Market, West Papua Kaimana (IDR 7 billion).


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