are being taken by Indonesian immigrants, who are bett er skilled and educated. This phenomenon has caused an unbalanced labour division in Papua Barat, where the majority of commercial enterprises is owned by immigrants. For the indigenous populati on of Papua Barat this has led to dependency and raised the risk of economic marginalizati on. In order to make a contributi on to the improvement of this situati on in Papua Barat, this report provides an overview of the underlying causes of the situati on. The most striking amongst these causes are a lack of educati on, and some parti cular cultural characteristi cs that hinder indigenous Papuans to fl ourish economically. To those parti es who want to make a positi ve contributi on in Papua Barat, be it an NGO or a foreign company with high sustainability standards, it is advised to take this development issue on board. In order to off er a practi cal fi rst step to do this, this report briefl y outlines a special educati onal program which aims to help young Papuans by introducing them into the world of entrepreneurship. Papua Barat has become more att racti ve for doing business since infrastructure is rapidly improving and foreign investment is welcomed. This report gives an overview of the current situati on in the province, as well as a perspecti ve on future developments based on relevant Indonesian development plans which are summarized and incorporated into this report. Five economic sectors are described in more detail because of their investment potenti al, these include the following sectors; energy, tropical agriculture and horti culture, forestry, fi shery and tourism. This study serves as a fi rst explorati on of the investment potenti al in Papua Barat. In order to provoke further research three concrete business opportuniti es are disti nguished on; fi shery, cocoa and hydroelectricity. This report off ers an insight in the social and economic situati on in Papua Barat in the year 2015. Due to its broad research perspecti ve, the given analysis of the region and its inhabitants may interest a wide variety of readers. Insti tuti ons, organizati ons or companies who are eager to make a sustainable contributi on to the development of Papua Barat, can draw upon the informati on in this report when forming their strategies. For NGO’s, in parti cular the analysis of the social development situati on, which is given in part I, may be insightf ul. Foreign companies who are willing to make investments in a sustainable manner, might be mostly interested in part II, which contains an overview of investment opportuniti es and provides some guidelines on sustainability. The Sti chti ng Duurzame Samenleving Papua Barat, SDSP (Foundati on for a Sustainable Society in Papua Barat), strives for the creati on of an integrated regional development plan for this province, that it wants to be created through cooperati on between the Indonesian government, the government of Papua Barat, the Dutch embassy in Jakarta and Dutch and Indonesian companies. For the SDSP both parts of this report are important, although the second chapter of part II might be parti cularly useful. This chapter contains summaries of all the relevant Indonesian development plans concerning the province of Papua Barat.

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