West Papua

West Papua – Doing business in the provinces of Papua and Papua Barat of Indonesia

Business Meeting and Promotion of the Province of West Papua

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in cooperation with the Provincial Government of West Papua organized a business meeting with representatives from various businesses in the Netherlands, including tour operators, and Visit Indonesia Tourism Officer (VITO). The business meeting was held on 8 November 2014 in the Embassy’s premises.

In his welcoming remarks, Charge d’Affaires ad interim of the Embassy, TBH. Witjaksono Adji, conveyed the commitment of the new government of Indonesia to boost economic development in the Eastern part of the country, especially Papua and the Province of West Papua. In addition, Mr. Adji noted that economic growth in the Province has been above national average in consecutive years since 2007. The Charge d’Affaires ad interim hoped that the business meeting could contribute further within the framework of Indonesia-Netherlands cooperation.

The Assistant Governor of the Provincial Government of West Papua, F.X. Kosamah, expressed his appreciation to the Embassy for its cooperation as well as to the Dutch participants. Mr. Kosamah hoped that the business meeting could be followed up with concrete investment and cooperation to support the development in the Province of West Papua.

A video on marine tourism in Raja Empat was played to the audiences. The meeting went on with presentations and discussions led by the Minister Counsellor Economic Affairs, Andrei Marentek. Issues arose from the dynamic discussion, among others, are the plan and readiness of the Province of West Papua to facilitate investment, especially in tourism and renewable energy. Some participants pointed out the need for business cooperation to support native human resources development and livelihood by taking into account the local traditional values. The Province of West Papua were also expected to bridge cooperation between Dutch companies/organizations and existing local partners.