2) President: Papua’s Rail-Link to Start from Sorong
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta-President Joko Widodo said on Friday, January 1, 2016, that the construction of the Papuan rail is likely to begin from Sorong in West Papua, later on in the year.
"We had just officiated a rail-link in Sulawesi, and this year its' Papua's turn," said President Jokowi - as he is known - at a meet-and-greet with local residents of Kais District in South Sorong, West Papua.
The President said that although he had said that the feasibility study for Papua's rail-link will be done within a year, it turns out that the study will take more than one year to complete. "That said, this is a minor hurdle - as long as we can build a rail-link in Papua," he said. "The project is likely to begin in Sorong, so I hope other areas won't get too jealous."
Furthermore, President Jokowi also reiterated his Administration's target of connecting all areas across Papua by 2018, through the construction of roads. "Hopefully, we could commence all of these projects - including the rail-link - sometime in 2016," he said.
President Joko Widodo had spent the last four days touring Papua - starting from Merauke, Wamena, Nduga, Timika, Rajaampat, and Sorong. "The more I visit Papua, the more I realise that Papua is indeed a little slice of heaven on earth," he said.
In the visit to Sorong, President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Widodo also visited a sago production planed owned by state forestry firm PT Perhutani in Kais District, South Sorong, where he toured and saw the way sago is processed into food, which he hopes would bring benefits for local residents.