There are Islamic study centers in some regions, and (it has been suggested) that there be a Christian study center there
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin and three ministers on Monday discussed the aspirations surrounding Papua's development, including the construction of a Christian study center in Papua.

"This afternoon, the Vice President received three ministers, namely Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, and Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim," a spokesperson for the VP, Masduki Baidlowi, said here on Monday.

Their meeting specifically discussed aspirations for Papua's development, including the Papuan church leaders' hopes that the state will build a Christian study center there, he informed.

"There are Islamic study centers in some regions, and (it has been suggested) that there be a Christian study center there," Baidlowi said.

The VP has instructed the PUPR Minister to plan for the center’s construction as soon as possible, he added.

Careful planning must be conducted as the Christian study centers will be developed in two locations, he said.

During their meeting, the Vice President and the ministers also discussed a plan to build a dormitory and an educational institution in Atambua, East Nusa Tenggara.

"Everything is discussed, quite detailed, in-depth, and it is hoped that the plan will be partially implemented in 2023, and some can be completed in 2024," Baidlowi informed.

Earlier, Amin had emphasized that the government's push to achieve prosperity and peace in Papua will never cease.

"Although the efforts to bring prosperity and peace in Papua are not easy, the government with all its power will continue to work to realize this," he said while opening Conference III of the Papuan Muslim Council online on March 9, 2023.

The government has continued to bolster development in Papua, both in terms of infrastructure and human resources.

"The government's commitment is visible by the President's repeated visits to Papua and through massive development in the land of Papua," he said.

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