Papua and West Papua provinces contribute the government around USD 1.7 billion of its natural resources per year. And, the government subsidies the provinces around USD 2.9 billion per year.
Discussing about Indonesia as a democracy, Kalla argued that democracy for Indonesia is not an objective. It is rather a means to achieve welfare as its objective.
The problem that the Indonesian Government should address is how to achieve welfare in a democratic way. Being wealthy through democracy is now the name of the game.
Indonesia still has many problems but they have offered opportunities to change and to reform itself. While the process of reformation is still ongoing, the government should aim at promoting economic growth with equality.
Being questioned about the difficulty in bringing peace into the Indonesian Papua, Kalla informed the audience that Papua and West Papua Province contribute the government around 1.7 billion USD of its natural resources per year. And, the government subsidies the provinces around USD 2.9 billion per year. It means that the Indonesian Government has tried its best to improve the prosperity of the people of the Indonesian Papua.
Moreover, these provinces have received its status of special autonomy in 2001, through the Law of Papua Special Autonomy no. 21 / 2001. This law gives much bigger power to the people of Papua to govern their own province and to receive much larger funds for their provinces’ development so that the people can improve their lives.
Source: the Indonesian embassy in Canberra