1) President Celebrates New Year`s Eve in Papua
TEMPO.CO, Rajaampat, Papua - President Joko Widodo attended "a people`s party" to celebrate New Year`s Eve in the Rajaampat district of West Papua province on Thursday evening.
The event was held at the Waisai beach and highlighted by top singers, such as Edo Kondologit, who is originally from Papua.
The President was accompanied by First Lady Iriana, who arrived at the location at around 22:20 pm East Indonesia Time.
President Widodo wore a white shirt and shook hands with a number of people, who attended the event upon arrival.
The Presidents Chief of Staff, Teten Masduki, the Presidents communication team member, Sukardi Rinakit and West Papua Governor, Abraham Octavianus Atururi also attended the event.
A number of people expressed their happiness at seeing President Widodo in Rajaampat.
"There is attention from the head of state to the Indonesian eastern region," Winda, who specially came from Manokwari to the location to celebrate New Years Eve, said.
She hoped conditions in 2016 would be better than in 2015.
President Widodo and First Lady Iriana arrived at the Mopah airport in Merauke, Papua on Tuesday evening to visit Indonesias eastern provinces of Papua and West Papua.
The President and his entourage, including the Minister of Public Works and Housing, Basuki Hadimoeljono, the Presidents Chief of Staff, Teten Masduki, and Presidents communication team member, Sukardi Rinakit, left Jakartas Halim Perdanakusumah airport at 13:40 pm and arrived at Merauke airport at 20:20 pm aboard the presidential plane.After attending the "Indonesias Dreams for 2015-2085" event at the Hasanap Sai field in Merauke, the President and his entourage traveled to Wamena by plane, where he dedicated new terminals at Wamena and Kaimana and met with the people of Jayawijaya.He then proceeded to Sorong and then Raja Ampat. This was the President's third visit to Papua and West Papua, following his first visit to the eastern provinces on December 27 to 29, 2014 and the second visit on May 8 to 11, 2015.President Jokowi, as he is also called, has said he believed that by frequently visiting the region, conflicts in Papua would be settled."I will visit Papua often," he said at the Waringin Sports Stadium in Jayapura.Before visiting Papua, the President had also visited several other provinces, including South Sulawesi, East Kalimantan and East Nusa Tenggara, to inspect infrastructure development in these regions.The visits are evidence that Indonesia is now leaving a Java-centered orientation and turning to an Indonesia-centered vision, as President Jokowi had also remarked on Heroes Day in Surabaya on November 10."Indonesia is moving towards an Indonesia-centered and not Java-centered vision. Prosperity will take place, but not only in Java," he had said at the time.President Widodo and his entourage are scheduled to return to Jakarta on Friday, January 1, 2016.
2) Jokowi sees in New Year in Raja Ampat
hejakartapost.com, Jakarta | Readers Forum | Fri, January 01 2016, 10:22 AM - President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo witnessed the first sunrise of 2016 at the Waiwo Beach dock in Raja Ampat, West Papua, on Friday.
3) Papua to Have Proper Roads by 2018: Jokowi
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said that all regencies in Papua would have proper land transportation channels by 2018.
“The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry must complete the construction of a road connecting Wamena to Nduga by 2016,” Jokowi said when inspecting the Nduga-Wamena road construction in Nduga Regency on Thursday, December 31, 2015.
Earlier on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, Jokowi held a meeting with Papua Governor and Nduga Regent to discuss the road construction in Nduga.
“A large port will also be constructed to accommodate up to 300 GT ships. Therefore all necessities can be distributed and prices can be cheaper,” Jokowi added.
In response to a question whether the infrastructure could change Nduga Regency’s security status, Jokowi said that the only way to change the situation in Nduga was to improve the welfare.
Accompanying Jokowi in his work visit to Papupa were First Lady Iriana Widodo, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe, Presidential chief of staf Teten Masduki, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Military commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo and Presidential special staff Lenis Kogoya.
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