Jokowi pledges to build market and roads in Arfak, West Papua

Jokowi pledges to build market and roads in Arfak, West Papua

President Jokowi and First Lady Iriana greeted local inhabitants of Pegunungan Arfak District, West Papua, on Sunday (Oct 27, 2019). (ANTARA/The Presidential Secretariat's Press Bureau/ FA).

Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko WIdodo (Jokowi) has pledged to build infrastructure including roads, hospital and market in Pegunungan (Mountainous) Arfak District, West Papua Province.

As requested by the Pegunungan Arfak District Head, the construction works of a road connecting Manokwari and Pegunungan Arfak would be completed soon, Jokowi said here on Sunday.

The President and First Lady Iriana greeted thousands of people hailing from 162 villages located in 10 sub-districts who gathered in Irai football field.

The Pegunungan Arfak-Manokwari road is crucial for transportation of people as well as goods particularly agricultural products.

"So agricultural commodities from Pegunungan Arfak could later be marketed in Manokwari," the President was quoted as saying in a press statement issued by Erlin Suastini, head of the Press, Media, and Information Bureau in Jakarta.

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Land transportation access is also crucial for the development of tourism industry in Pegunungan Arfak which has beautiful twin lakes - Anggi Giji and Anggi Gida.

Jokowi also promised to build an airport, a market, a hospital and community health centers in Pegunungan Arfak and would complete the development projects within two years.

Jokowi and entourage on the occasion also visited Irai Market to see commodities offered in the market and have dialogs with local vendors.

Members of the Presidential entourage included Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian, Chief of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, and acting Chief of the Indonesian Police Commissioner General Ari Dono.

West Papua Governor Dominggus Mandacan, and District Head of Pegunungan Arfak Yosias Saroy flanked President Jokowi during the visit.

In the meantime, Jokowi and his entourage were expected to stay overnight in Kaimana District, West Papua, on Sunday evening, after enjoying a scenic sunset in the afternoon.

Jokowi would check the infrastructure development projects including an airport renovation in Kaimana which is being designated as a halal tourism destination. The President and his entourage had departed aboard the presidential aircraft from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta on Saturday for the Dominie Edward Osok Airport in Sorong, West Papua, for working visits to West Papua and Papua Provinces.

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