“Papua is safe. Investors had better go there. Papua remains safe,” he said before members of the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club on Wednesday (07/12).
He made the statement in response to a foreign correspondent who asked about investment security in Papua.
Vice President Boediono said the government had set up a Papua and West Papua Development Acceleration Unit (UP4B) to coordinate development efforts there.
It is hoped with better coordination Papua could catch up with others in the development and attract investment, he said.
He said Papua has attractive and lucrative investment potentials for investors. “It is very attractive. But it all depends upon investors. It is very profitable there. I am not worried,” he said.
He said the government was optimistic through the UP4B problems that happened there could be settled.
He said focus has so far been put on infrastructure with regard to investment.
“In the next five to ten years infrastructure will remain to be focused,” he said.
Infrastructure is a bridge for development acceleration in Indonesia, he said. In view of that the government encouraged the private parties to participate in the infrastructure development.
The Chief of the UP4B, Bambang Darmono, had said besides security approach to assure sense of peace the institution also conducted socio-cultural approach.
He said the institution was now still making quick wins programs.
He said UP4B`s priorities are food resilience, poverty alleviation, development of grass roots` economy, improving education and health service, development of basic infrastructure and prioritizing indigenous Papuans.
Source: ANTARA News