Jokowi to Celebrate Christmas in Papua

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo will attend National Christmas celebration in Jayapura, Papua. According to Papua regional secretary Heri Dosinaen, several ministers have held a coordination meeting with leaders in Papua regarding Jokowi’s arrival. “The meeting discussed the locations that Jokowi will visit,” he said on Tuesday.

    Heri said besides Jokowi and his cabinet members, there are 400 invitees that will be present in Mandala Stadium in Jayapura. After Christmas event in December 26, Jokowi will visit three cities in Papua and West Papua. In December 27, Jokowi will visit Jayapura and continue his trip to Wamena in Jayawijaya Regency the next day. Jokowi will end his visit in Sorong, West Papua in December 29.

    Additionally, Jokowi will meet with some public figures in Cendrawasih University and Jokowi volunteers in Waringin Kotaraja sport center. In Jayapura, Jokowi will also visit Holtekamp Bridge construction project and several traditional markets.

    Heri hoped the first National Christmas celebration in Papua can foster new movement to improve the region. He also asked the central government to see the real condition of Papua that has been more enclosed than other regions in Indonesia. “We hope there are more attentions for developments in Papua.”

    CUNDING LEVI