7 Dec 2010

Papua seeks to reduce dependence on Jakarta

2:41 pm on 7 December 2010

The government in the Indonesian province of Papua is aiming to reduce its financial dependence on Jakarta over the next ten years by raising 1.1 billion US dollars in revenue.

The Jakarta Post reports the governor, Barnabas Suebu, as saying local revenue currently comprises five percent of the provincial budget, with the remainder funded by central government.

He says to help cut this his administration might build a hydroelectric power plant.

Mr Suebu says in three years such a plant could generate a significant income for the province.