Manokwari (ANTARA) - The West Papua Office of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) is focusing on constructing the supporting infrastructure required to accelerate the development of the economic and tourism sectors this year to attract investors and tourists.

The government is keen to develop one of its strategic projects, namely, the construction of roads and bridges that will link Arfak Highlands district with the province's capital, Manokwari, Head of the West Papua PUPR Office Yohanes Momot said in Manokwari on Tuesday.

He emphasized the vital value of the project, saying "the roads are required to provide ease to the residents of Arfak Highlands wishing to bring and sell their agricultural products to Manokwari."

The roads and bridges, he added, are also expected to attract potential investors to the tourist destination of Anggi Lake.

In addition, he continued, the provincial government has also been according serious attention to efforts to develop and promote the tourist destination of Triton Bay in Kaimana District.

According to Momot, vital infrastructures, such as roads, electricity supply, telecommunication networks, and accommodation are paramount for tourists visiting a tourist destination.

"In accordance with the governor's directives, our main focus is to take development measures in Triton Bay tourist attractions, roads stretching along Minyambouw to Anggi Lake in Arfak Highlands District, as well as a number of roads in Manokwari, given its status as the province's capital city," he added.

He also expressed the hope that the community would take part in the efforts by cooperating with the regional government in supporting the strategic construction project that is expected to encourage economic growth in West Papua as a whole.

"If it can be completed by this year, then the residents will immediately be able to feel the benefits, both in terms of economy and tourism activities in the region," he added.

To demonstrate its commitment to supporting the national programs of Proud of Indonesian Products (BBI) and Proud of Indonesian Tourism (BBWI), the West Papua provincial government has continued to encourage local product purchases as well as tourist visits to the region's featured destinations.

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