President Jokowi's Promises to Papua

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  • President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana at Irai soccer field in Arfak Mountains regency, West Papua, Sunday, October 27, 2019. Jokowi is the first president to set foot on this regency. Photo: Kris--Presidential Secretariat's Press Bureau

    President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana at Irai soccer field in Arfak Mountains regency, West Papua, Sunday, October 27, 2019. Jokowi is the first president to set foot on this regency. Photo: Kris--Presidential Secretariat's Press Bureau

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, promises to continue prioritizing Papua and West Papua’s infrastructure development for the next five years, a full length of his final term in office as President. 

    The president’s promises were made evident by his official visit to Papua after inaugurating the ministers of his Indonesia Onward Cabinet. Jokowi was accompanied by Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, and Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian. 

    Here are three of Jokowi’s promises to Papua:

    1. Constructing transportation infrastructure

    Jokowi promised to focus on constructing transportation infrastructure across three areas: land, sea, and air. Projects prepared for the region include Jayapura city’s Entrop Terminal, “water bus” ports at Sentani Lake and a border post at Jayapura regency’s Skouw. 

    He also said the government had prepared the construction of six ports in Depapre, Nabire, Pomako, Moor, Serui, and Kaimana. Air transports will see the establishment of ten airports. 

    1. 139-kilometer road to Arfak Mountains’ airport 

    Quoted from setkab.go.id, President Jokowi promised to construct and fix public highways that stretch a total of 139 kilometers. The roads will connect Arfak Mountains to Manokwari and the airport at the Arfak Mountains. 

    1. Constructing peripheral infrastructure 

    President Jokowi also promised to construct other public infrastructure such as hospitals, community health centers (Puskesmas), and markets in the next two to three years in the region of Arfak, West Papua. 

    HANS ARNOLD.K l FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA l EKO WAHYUDI l FRISKI RIANA