Thursday, July 20, 2017

1) Papua, West Papua need better connectivity: Jokowi

2) Overcome challenges in West Papua: President


1) Papua, West Papua need better connectivity: Jokowi

Fedina S. Sundaryani The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Thu, July 20, 2017 | 11:20 am

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called on his ministers to cooperate with regional governments to boost the construction of infrastructure in Papua and West Papua to help the two provinces expand connectivity with other regions in the country.
Taking these regions out of isolation, West Papua in particular, is essential in order to increase job opportunities and boost human development, the President added.
“We have focused our efforts on expediting infrastructure development over the past two years in order to boost West Papua’s connectivity with other regions in Indonesia,” he said during the opening of a closed-door meeting at the State Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday.
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“Connectivity is essential for West Papua not only to open up isolated areas, but also to cut down logistics costs and increase the competitiveness of local products.”
Jokowi called on related parties to accelerate the development of ports in Sorong, Bintuni and Kaimana in West Papua and also airports in the region.
Moreover, the President also asked the administrations of the two provinces to take advantage of its available natural resources to increase the social and economic welfare of locals. (bbn)

2) Overcome challenges in West Papua: President

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Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Opening up isolation, creating new jobs, alleviating poverty, carrying out more equitable development, and increasing the human development index are part of efforts to overcome challenges in West Papua Province, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) remarked here on Wednesday.

"These are the great jobs that we have to do to overcome the challenges in West Papua, and to improve the welfare of the people in the province," President Jokowi said when chairing a limited cabinet meeting to evaluate the implementation of national strategic projects and priority programs of West Papua at his office.

Jokowi revealed that in the past two and a half years the government has set its focus on accelerating infrastructure development and improving connectivity of West Papua with other regions.

"Connectivity is necessary for West Papua, not only to open the isolated areas, but also to reduce logistics costs and improve the competitiveness of existing local products," the president noted.

Hence, the president requested that the construction of ports,in Sorong, Bintuni, and Kaymana; the development of the ferry dock in Wasior, and the development of several airports accelerated.

"I also ask for the acceleration of the development of strategic roads connecting between the centers of economic development," said the President.(*)

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