The plans were confirmed by “In future, we plan to expand the development of the pulp and paper industry to eastern Indonesia”, specifically referring to Papua. He added the policy of expanding industrial timber estates (HTI) to Papua "has always been promoted. Its just that nobody wanted to."
With all that Norway REDD cash now on the table, and with recent exposes of major deforestation by HTI plantations in Riau, both men obviously tried to argue that Papua's vital forests would not be damaged. Mr Hidayat reportedly said “The government will help all pulp and paper producers as long as they do not damage forests as foreign NGOs have claimed”. Mr Daryanto reportedly argued that
"The Industry Ministry said Tuesday that the government planned to expand the pulp and paper industry to eastern Indonesia, including Papua, because of its vast tracts of forest."
Tempo's coverage states Because if you want to build pulp industries you must be able to supply raw materials."
Hadi also admitted that;