Jokowi: Infrastructure Development Opens Access to Papua

Source: West Papua Update


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.

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