Thursday, April 12, 2018

1) Jokowi: Infrastructure Development Opens Access to Papua

2) Jokowi gets warm welcome at Mama-mama Market
3) Holtekamp bridge vital for Papua economy
4) Jokowi makes impromptu visit to Jayapura Mall
5) Jokowi Asks Papuans to Maintain Peace, Unity ahead of Election


THURSDAY, 12 APRIL, 2018 | 22:08 WIB
1) Jokowi: Infrastructure Development Opens Access to Papua

TEMPO.COJakarta - President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo affirmed his administration's commitment to developing the infrastructure in Papua as to open the isolated regions and coastal areas.
After his visit to Agats, Asmat District on Thursday, April 12, 2018, Jokowi told reporters in Timika that infrastructure development such as the Trans Papua roads, bridges, seaport, airport and other construction is aimed to ease the access and mobility of Papuans from one area to another.
"Trans Papua road construction aims to connect one area to another so that people can easily go to the district, district capital and connect inter-provinces, districts, and cities, that's our purpose," said Jokowi.
According to the President, the government would have difficulties in tackling problems if they could not provide supporting infrastructures.
The common problems occurred in Papua are the availability and fulfillment of children and toddlers' nutrition, decent and healthy housing, availability of food, access to education and health, among other problems.
Jokowi appreciated several programs established by related ministries with Asmat district administration and Army Force (TNI) following the revocation status on measles and malnutrition outbreak in Asmat last January.


2) Jokowi gets warm welcome at Mama-mama Market
Nethy Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post
Jayapura, Papua | Thu, April 12, 2018 | 08:20 pm
Hundreds of female vendors at the Mama-mama Market in Jayapura, Papua, shouted hysterically when President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and First Lady Iriana entered the market at 6:15 p.m. local time on Wednesday.
Responding to their enthusiasm, the President approached the female vendors who waited for his arrival at their kiosks, shaking their hands one by one. “Thank you Pak,” said a mama, a nickname for a Papuan woman, to Jokowi.
Jokowi later bought herbs and vegetables, such as red chilies, galangale and tomatoes, from a vendor. He paid her Rp 100,000 (US$7.26) although they only cost Rp 10,000.  
“How much does it cost, mama? Where do you get these tomatoes?” he asked.
“It’s Rp 10,000 per pile. I harvested these tomatoes from my own estate,” said Mama Lin Pakage. Jokowi and his entourage spent about 20 minutes at the market.
Some of the female vendors wore traditional Papuan costumes they specially designed for Jokowi’s visit.
Pak Jokowi, we are happy and feel proud to have such a nice market. We, the vendors at Mama-mama Market, hope that Bapak will be re-elected as our leader again. All mamas here in the market are supporting Bapak,” said MamaNoni Togotli.
Noni, who sells fruit at the market, said she earned around Rp 500,000 to Rp 600,000 per day.
“This market is still new. Few people come to shop here. But all mamas here believe that with Pak Jokowi’s visit, blessings will come to us. More people will hopefully come to shop here,” she added. (ebf)


3) Holtekamp bridge vital for Papua economy

Jayapura (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) inspected progress in the construction of the longest bridge in Papua expected to be operational by the end of this year.

The 732 meter long Holtekamp bridge to cost an estimated Rp943.6 billion, is now under construction by a consortium of state construction companies - PT PP, PT Hutama Karya and PT Nindya Karya.

The bridge project built over the Youtefa bay will link Jayapura and the district of Muara Tami in Papua and the Skouw district of the neighboring country Papua New Guinea.

"We hope this long bridge will give rise to new economic centers in Jayapura and nearby areas," the president said Wednesday.

The project, the construction of which began in 2015, is already 80 percent completed. It will cut the time needed to reach the Skouw border from Jayapura from 2.5 hours to 60 minutes.

Jokowi and entourage including the First Lady arrived in Papua on Wednesday with agenda including visit to the district of Asmat which was recently hit by measles and malnutrition.

The president also is scheduled to inspect traditional markets and distribute land certificates among local farmers during his 8th visit to the country`s most backward region. (AS)

Editor: Aditia Maruli Radja

4) Jokowi makes impromptu visit to Jayapura Mall

Sorong, Papua (ANTARA News) - The residents of Jayapura City in Papua were surprised to spot President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), who made an impromptu visit to Jayapura Mall on Wednesday at 9:05 p.m. local time.

According to a press release, received from the Deputy Head of Media Protocol and Media Secretariat of the President on Thursday, the president, in the company of Public Works and People`s Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, arrived at a shopping center located in Jayapura City on the Sam Ratulangi Street, Bhayangkara Village, North Jayapura Sub-district.

The head of state, who arrived wearing a white shirt and black trousers, was seen walking casually in the mall.

Occasionally, President Jokowi also greeted the visitors at the mall by smiling and waving out to them.

While walking around, the president looked at a footwear store.

Apparently, the store had put up a picture of President Jokowi when he had bought footwear from the same store`s outlet in a different city.

The photo drew the attention of the president, who then decided to stop over at the store.

Jokowi spent about 20 minutes at the mall and then left at 9:25 p.m. local time.

The president and his entourage returned to the hotel and are scheduled to continue the working visit on the following day.

Reported by Ernes B Kakisina
Editor: Heru Purwanto

HURSDAY, 12 APRIL, 2018 | 11:58 WIB
5) Jokowi Asks Papuans to Maintain Peace, Unity ahead of Election

TEMPO.COJakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) told the people of Papua to maintain the peace and unity in the region, especially heading towards the regional head elections (Pilkada). 
“Don’t let any rifts spark between us all during the democratic process (Pilkada),” he said Wednesday, April 11.
The president’s message of peace was delivered on the sidelines of the land certificate handover to 3,331 local residents spread in several regions in Papua Province. 

This visit marks Jokowi`s eighth visit to Papua and he plans to stay there until April 13. As soon as he arrived in Jayapura, the president handed out the land certificates and monitored the Mama Mama Market in Jayapura City.
The presidential entourage is also scheduled to visit the Asmat District, Papua to check on the malnutrition epidemic that hit the region a couple of months ago.
President Jokowi and First lady Iriana were also accompanied by Minister of Agriculture and Land Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil, State Secretary Pratikno, General Works and Housing Minister Pratikno Basuki Hadimuljono, and Health Ministry Nila Moeloek.
Friski Riana

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