Merauke, South Papua (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin ensured that the government would continue to oversee development in South Papua as a new province in the Papua region.

"As a new province, South Papua faces numerous development challenges," he said in Merauke, the province's capital, on Tuesday.

Amin expressed his belief that South Papua's location on the border with Papua New Guinea offers opportunities. It can stimulate local and regional economic growth and bring public services closer to remote communities along the border.

He also conveyed the government's readiness to launch the 2022–2041 Papua Development Acceleration Master Plan (RIPPP).

"The RIPPP will serve as a roadmap for all stakeholders in designing priority development programs for the Papua region," he stated.

Within the RIPPP framework, the government will continue to support South Papua's role as a key contributor to food security in eastern Indonesia.

The government will also explore the province's tourism potential, such as historical Boven Digoel and the Asmat Festival, to develop them into world-class destinations, further bolstering the local and regional economies.

He also mentioned ways to accelerate the future development of South Papua, including the exploration of the potential and uniqueness of the border province.

The second approach is to build a central government area in South Papua to support the accelerated development of the province.

"The construction of a central government area will act as 'a new city' in South Papua Province and introduce the face of a government area respecting the symbols of local wisdom in this region," he remarked.

The third effort is to intensify collaboration, synergy, and cooperation between ministries and agencies as well as regional governments to ensure the development preparation stages run smoothly, he added.

Amin also called on all stakeholders, especially indigenous Papuans, to be involved in preparing an integrated master plan, sustainable regional design, measurable project management, and cross-sector financing for the construction of main facilities and infrastructure centers, along with other supporting facilities.

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Translator: Benardy Ferdiansyah, Resinta Sulistiyandari
Editor: Anton Santoso
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