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Jakarta Post

Jokowi concludes five-day working trip

  • Moses Ompusunggu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 11, 2017   /   08:11 pm
Jokowi concludes five-day working trip President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (center left) and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo (center right) arrive at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta on Wednesday evening after a five-day working trip to four provinces across Indonesia. (Courtesy of the Presidential Office/File)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday concluded a five-day working trip that began on May 6.

The President and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo arrived at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta on 8:30 p.m. from Sentani Airport in Jayapura, Papua.

Aceh opened President Jokowi’s visit to four provinces, which included South Kalimantan, North Maluku and Papua. The President attended the 15th Fishermen and Farmers National Week at Harapan Bangsa Stadium in Gampong Lhong Raya, Banda Aceh, on Saturday. In front of around 35,000 fishermen and farmers, Jokowi said the government would continue to develop agriculture infrastructure, such as dams, artificial lakes (embung), as well as secondary and tertiary irrigation.    

In South Kalimantan, President Jokowi attended on Sunday the peak of the 2017 Mappanretasi maritime cultural celebration on Pagatan Beach, Tanah Bumbu. On the same day, he directly witnessed the hand-over of village forest management rights to residents of Tebing Siring village in Bajuin district, Tanah Laut.

In North Maluku on Monday, Jokowi inaugurated three seaports, namely Bicoli, Tapaleo and Wayabula, at Tapaleo Port in Tepeleo, North Patani district, Central Halmahera. Jokowi is only the second Indonesian president to visit to Central Halmahera after founding father Sukarno in 1957.  

In Papua, Jokowi inaugurated the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea cross-border checkpoint in Skouw and several power plants. He also inspected the flagship Trans-Papua road project, during which he rode a trail motorbike along the 7-kilometer Wamena-Mamugu 1 road section of the project.

Several Cabinet ministers accompanied President Jokowi in the trip. They include Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Health Minister Nila Moeloek, Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa, Culture and Education Minister Muhadjir Effendy and Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki.  (ebf)