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Jakarta Post

Jokowi visits Mama-Mama Market in Papua

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 10, 2017   /   04:59 pm
Jokowi visits Mama-Mama Market in Papua President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono (right) talk to officials of the Papua provincial administration on May 9. (The Jakarta Post/Nethy Dharma Somba)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited on Wednesday Mama-Mama Market in Papua, a market he promised to build during his visit in 2014 soon after he was elected president.

The President, who was accompanied by First Lady Iriana, Social Affairs Minister Kofifah Indar Parawansa, Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Yohanna Yembesi and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno, went on foot from his hotel to the four-story building formerly used as a bus terminal.

In Papua since Tuesday, the President officiated a number of projects in the eastern-most Indonesian province, including the Integrated State Boundary Post in Skouw, Jayapura and the construction of the 50-Megawatt (MW) feed gas-fired plant (PLTMG).

(Read also: Jokowi kicks off nationwide work trip)

President Jokowi also witnessed the delivery of social assistance in Jayapura, such as through the Smart Indonesia Card (KIP), Indonesian Health Card (KIS) and people’s nutrition improvement program.

Papua is the last province visited by Jokowi on his five-day tour across Indonesia starting from Aceh last Saturday.

Before flying to Papua from North Maluku on Tuesday, the President inaugurated three new ports in the province -- Tapaleo, Wayabuka, and Bicoli.

"The government is prioritizing building more ports in various regions," Jokowi stated in North Maluku on Monday.

While in Papua, Jokowi also inspected the progress of the trans-Papua road, the construction of which is being carried out by the central government. (bbn)