The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Wed, 02/16/2011 11:44 AM | Archipelago
Papuan community leader and city councilor Athanasius Allo Rafra has welcomed the government plan to establish a taskforce in March in a bid to accelerate development in Papua and West Papua provinces.#
The taskforce (UP4B) would work to make sure the development of the provinces is conducted in line with government and community priorities.
Allo lamented that budget allocations in both provinces had been squandered because of unclear guidelines on development priorities.
“It isn’t clear where the priorities lie, whether it is in infrastructure, education, health or other sectors,” he said.
Allo said he hoped the taskforce would perform a similar function as the taskforce that helped Nanggroe Aceh
Darussalam and Nias provinces to recover after the earthquake and tsunami.
He called on the central government to strictly supervise all development activities in Papua and West Papua to avoid misuse of the state budget.