Papua is an inseparable part of Indonesia that must be preserved and cared for, Vice President Boediono told a nationwide gathering of young scouts here on Wednesday (10/10).
Boediono’s remarks came during his speech at the opening of the Indonesian Scouts Movement Raimuna National (Rainas) X conference in Buper Phokela Waena, Jayapura. The vice president told the assembled children that he hoped that scouting would become a popular extracurricular activity in school.
“And this time the theme encourages Papua to grow so that it can catch up [with other provinces],” he added.
In his speech, Boediono said that the country’s progress and prosperity depends solely on its people, especially the younger generations.
With “Raimuna” meaning a group of people working toward a common goal, Boediono called on the scouts to share their experiences with other scouts who did not have the opportunity to attend the convention.
Rainas X, running from a week from Monday, has drawn some 3,700 scouts from 33 provinces.
At the opening ceremony, 1,000 dancers performed traditional dances from Aceh, Papua, Java and Bali.
Separately, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said that his ministry has allocated 10 percent of seats for civil servants from Papua and West Papua provinces.
“Although the recruitment policy is very open, it is also limited to attract potential candidates from regions with special considerations such as Papua and West Papua,” he said during a foreign affairs meeting with the House of Representatives Commission I on Wednesday.
There are 14 Papuans active in the ministry who range from secretary roles to ambassador.
Source: The Jakarta Globe