New NGO in Papua set up to scrutinise investments

JUBI, 4 March 2011

A new NGO, called Lembaga Investasi Proyek Kemanusiaan (LIPK) – the Institute for Humanitarian Investment Projects – has been set up to scrutinise all new companies intending to operate in Papua. The chairman of the NGO is Manase Ugedy Degey.

Degey said: ‘When a new company wants to come here, we will investigate the investments involved to ascertain whether they are beneficial to the people or not and whether they are beneficial to the traditional owners of the land where the company intends to operate.’

He said that the LIPK will not be political but will focus its attention
on new companies intending to invest in Papua. It will focus attention
on helping the development of the communities, he said The company’s obligation shall be regularly scrutinised on the basis of frequent investigations.

‘We will seek to make the communities a part of the policy of the
company in question. This is because many of the companies that are now operating in Papua have been very disruptive for the people.’

He said that the LIPK will work closely together with academics in order
to carry out joint investigations. ‘We intend to publicise the NGO’s
activities in tertiary institutions, in order to conduct investigations
with them.’

According to data gathered by JUBI, the LIPK will focus its attention
on companies wanting to invest in natural resources as well as companies
wanting to invest in human capacity building..This means that it will be
focusing on a wide range of investments, he said.

Companies involved in natural resources will include agriculture,
plantations, irrigation and water management, mining, marine projects,
fishing, industrial projects, and cattle breeding. ‘We will at all times
undertake our investigations on the basis of the likely benefits for the
citizens themselves.’

The LIPK was founded by notary public act in May 2005. It has been set
up in accordance with government regulation No 18/1986.

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