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VP, minister discuss draft regulations for Papua Special Autonomy Law

Tempo - August 31, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – Vice President Ma'ruf Amin on Monday summoned Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian to discuss draft government regulations for Papua's special autonomy law.

At the meeting, Karnavian reported on developments in the formulation of two government regulations pertaining to institution and financial governance for Papua's special autonomy, vice presidential spokesperson Masduki Baidlowi said in a written statement released on Monday.

According to Karnavian, the two draft government regulations must be endorsed no later than October 19, 2021 or three months of the enactment of Law No. 2/2021 concerning the second round of amendment to Law No. 21/2001 concerning special autonomy for Papua province, Baidlowi said.

"The newly-enacted special autonomy law needs government regulations to implement it. The deadline for the endorsement of the government regulations is three months after the enactment of the law," he added.

The home affairs minister has submitted the draft government regulations, which involve 33 ministries and non-ministerial government institutions, to the vice president, he informed. The draft government regulations also cover the planned proliferation of Papua province, he added.

"The home affairs minister has submitted all the draft government regulations to the vice president, including the planned proliferation of Papua province which constitutes the aspiration of Papua people," Baidlowi said.

At Monday's meeting, the vice president highlighted the effort to drastically reduce the poverty rate in Papua province, which has become the target of the government's programs, he added.

Papua is among the seven Indonesian provinces targeted under the government's program to tackle extreme poverty in 2021, he said.

"The vice president asked the home affairs minister to map extreme poverty in Papua and West Papua soon through coordination with the Papua and West Papua provincial governments," he added.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1500588/vp-minister-discuss-draft-regulations-for-papua-special-autonomy-la