Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin on Monday chaired a plenary meeting of the Papua Special Autonomy Development Acceleration Steering Committee (BP3OKP) at the Vice Presidential Palace, Jakarta, to discuss a number of Papua-related matters.

The meeting covered the follow-up to the establishment of four new autonomous regions, the resolution of issues involving a scholarship program for Papuan students, and the continuation of the region's development under the next national administration.

According to a statement issued by his secretariat, the Vice President said that the BP3OKP is a manifestation of the government's commitment to bringing progress and prosperity to the people of Papua.

As the head of the BP3OKP, Amin urged members of the committee to continue solidifying coordination to implement officially funded programs, with the end goal of transforming Papua into a healthy, smart, productive, fair, and peaceful region.

The goal has been laid down in the 2022–2041 Papua Development Acceleration Master Plan (RIPPP).

The Vice President reiterated the importance of formulating and implementing only accurate measures and programs that are relevant to the actual conditions in the region.

He also expressed the hope that his aides in the committee would continue to assist the government in disseminating comprehensive information on its policies to Indonesian citizens residing in the Papua region.

The BP3OKP is a non-structural institution tasked with synchronizing, harmonizing, evaluating, and coordinating the acceleration of development and implementation of special autonomy in Papua.

Vice President Amin is leading the committee whose members comprise the home affairs minister, national development planning minister, finance minister, and one representative from each of the six provinces in Papua.

The non-minister members of the committee comprise Papua province representative Albert Yoku, West Papua representative Irene Manibuy, South Papua representative Yoseph Yolmen Yanowo, Central Papua representative Pietrus Waine, Highland Papua representative Hantor Matuan, and Southwest Papua representative Otto Ihalauw.

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Translator: Benardy F, Tegar Nurfitra
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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