Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says his government wants to focus on welfare and development in Papua and West Papua rather than security issues, calling for the completion of draft plans for ‘mega-projects’ in the region designed to build the local economy.

These mega-projects include establishment of a ‘green economy zone’ in Embrano and Jayapura, and an ‘integrated agribusiness zone’ in Merauke, as well as electricity generators in Manokwari, Fak fak and Sorong and a cement factory and husbandry in West Papua. Yudhoyono, visiting the region this week, said he would like to see the completed proposals by the end of December or early January.

The far eastern Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua, which occupy the western half of New Guinea, are vast and resource rich but underdeveloped, and usually appear in the international media for their security problems and secessionist activity. The government hopes stability and development in the region could provide benefits for both the local and national economies.

source & article: The Jakarta Post