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Jokowi has done his best in eastern Indonesia

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 14, 2019   /  10:04 am
Jokowi has done his best in eastern Indonesia Powering Papua: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (second right), Papua Governor Lukas Enember (second left), State-owned Enterprises Minister Rini M. Soemarno (right) and PLN president director Sofyan Basri push a button, marking the start of the construction of six power plant projects in Papua and West Papua. (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)

In the 2016-2017 Global Competitiveness Report, Indonesia ranks 60th of 138 countries for infrastructure. One of the factors dragging the country down is poor infrastructure development in eastern Indonesia, which consists of relatively poor territories, namely Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores, Timor, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua. The majority of disadvantaged villages in Indonesia, which number around 39,000 or 52 percent of the total, are located in these territories. Therefore, eastern Indonesia has so far only been able to contribute 20 percent to national economic growth. This is why, since the beginning of his term in office in 2014, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo promised to build 225 priority infrastructures, especially in eastern Indonesia, such as 1,000 kilometers of roads, 24 piers, 35,000 megawatts of power plant capacity, 33 dams, 29.8 km of bridges, airports and inte...

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