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The government continues to intensify the improvement of Papuan human resources (HR) as a step to realize the welfare of the Papuan people in the future. Strengthening the quality of human resources in Papua continues to be advanced both through government programs and in collaboration with the private sector.

Specific skills are also considered important to meet the needs of industry-skilled personnel. So that the productive age Papuans can contribute to each other and have the same opportunities as other regions in positive terms.

The addition of new regencies also has a positive effect on the community, in addition to new provinces. The reason is because when there is a new district, the distance between the regent’s office and the community becomes closer, so that the aspirations of the people can be maximally absorbed.

Acting Assistant Secretary of Papua Province for Government, Yohanes Walilo said the preparation of the preliminary draft of the Regional Long-Term Development Plan (RPJPD) of Papua Province for 2025-2045 is being carried out by realizing fair and equitable regional development for the welfare of the community, especially indigenous Papuans (OAP).

The Papua Province Regional Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMD) document for 2005-2025 is now approaching the end of the period. In accordance with the mandate of Law Number 25 of 2004 and Regulation of the Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia Number 86 of 2017, it is necessary to ensure the sustainability of the development of Papua Province for the next 20 years through the preparation of the Papua Province RPJPD document for 2025-2045.

The socialization or orientation of the preparation of the initial draft of the Papua Provincial RPJPD 2025-2045, among others, aims to ensure common perceptions between the provincial government, the Papuan House of Representatives and the MRP regarding the process of preparing the 2025-2045 RPJPD. In addition, it is the basis for the preparation of the RPJMD technocratically and in facing the simultaneous regional elections in 2024 to be in line with the vision of Golden Indonesia in 2045.

This step is considered very important to encourage success in development in Papua. The government will also encourage various programs related to employment.

One of the steps taken is to increase competence and productivity through vocational training for the Papuan people. Therefore, the Papuan people must improve the competence and productivity of the productive age population in order to contribute to economic growth in Papua.

Acting Governor of Central Papua, Ribka Haluk stated that in an effort to revitalize education, several strategies had been adopted by the government. One of them is to encourage the transformation of vocational education and training from upstream to downstream. Thus, focusing not only on theoretical aspects, but also on practical applications in the real world, strengthening links and matches between vocational education and training institutions and the industrial sector, and transforming the Job Training Centre (BLK) by collaborating with various stakeholders who organize vocational education and training.

Developed countries have recognized the importance of vocational education in building quality Human Resources. Therefore, Indonesia must also participate in a similar process to improve the quality of the workforce.

The government is committed to assist in improving the quality of indigenous Papuans. The improvement can be done through formal education as well as non-formal education, such as through job training centers.

Through job training centers, Papuans can improve their skills and abilities so that they can contribute to advancing the region and can also compete with other regional communities. So that the quality and standard of living of the Papuan people can improve as well as the economy and also their welfare.

To achieve quality Papuan human resources requires cooperation from various parties, especially the involvement of Papuan youth. Because the formation of quality human resources must start early. Quality human resources play an important role in preparing for the demographic bonus period that will contribute to the economy, politics, and improving the welfare of the nation.

On the other hand, Papua’s Special Autonomy Policy (Otsus) has also provided tremendous benefits for indigenous Papuans, both in the process of physical development and in human resource development. Based on a study by the Centre for Public Policy Studies of the Government of Indonesia (Puskappi), the special autonomy fund policy has resulted in an increase in the education standards of indigenous Papuans.

The way of thinking has been awakened to every Papuan who receives scholarships from the special autonomy fund. So that indigenous Papuan students are able to compete with other students both at national and international levels.

Therefore, the Papuan people should not be consumed by the political agitations of anti-government groups that reject special autonomy. Political agitations can only be countered with correct data and information and adequate public access. Papua is finally part of Indonesia, so the community must participate in maintaining and caring for the integrity of the Republic of Indonesia.

Infrastructure development in eastern Indonesia shows the seriousness of President Jokowi’s administration to advance Papua. If infrastructure has been built, it is expected that the distance between regions and provincial government offices with the people will be closer. Furthermore, development in 6 Papua New Autonomy Regions will be more massive. Both in the form of infrastructure in the fields of communication, transportation, health, education and other supporting facilities.