22 May 2006

Indonesia to regulate more closely money being spent in Papua

1:20 pm on 22 May 2006

The Indonesian government plans to issue a new regulation to ensure that the funding entering the province of Papua under its special autonomy is being spent properly,

The president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, says this will occur in the form or a presidential instruction and the regulation will target the development of infrastructure, poverty relief, heath care, and education.

The Jakarta Post reports that the president made the announcement after meeting Papuan leaders who are angry at what they see as years of neglect from the central government.

Mr Yudhoyono says the decree would ensure the 1.37 billion U.S. dollars of public money now being spent annually in the province through state and regional budgets, was being properly accounted for.

He says the implementation of special autonomy had faltered in Papua because of some key problems.