The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is scheduled to make a work trip to Papua from Wednesday to Friday. This will be his eighth visit to the easternmost province of Indonesia since he took office in October 2014.
“The President will distribute land certificates in Jayapura and visit Mama-Mama Market. He will also monitor the progress of [the under construction] Holtekamp bridge,” Cenderawasih military commander Maj. Gen. Elnadus G. Supit said in Jayapura.
From Jayapura, President Jokowi, accompanied by First Lady Iriana, is scheduled to fly to Timika and Asmat, before continuing their visit to West Papua. In the neighboring province, Jokowi will visit an early childhood education unit (PAUD) and meet inspirational women, among other things on the agenda.
Authorities have made some preparations prior to the arrival of the President on Wednesday, such as cleaning the town and taking security precautions in the hotel where Jokowi will stay during his visit. Around 3,000 joint personnel from the military and police will be readied, the military commander went on to say.
Jokowi’s visit is intended to accelerate the development of Papua, which has been considered way behind other regions across the country, said Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo. (kuk/ebf)