Nabire, Central Papua (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin, on Thursday, visited a location designated as the site of the Central Papua provincial administrative centre in Nabire District.

During the visit, Amin, accompanied by second lady, Wury Estu Handayani, laid the first stone and planted a tree to symbolize the designation of the administrative centre site.

"Today, as the head of BP3OKP (Papua Special Autonomy Development Acceleration Steering Committee), I am happy to be able to visit and set foot in Nabire, Central Papua's capital, primarily at the site that will be Central Papua's government centre," the vice president remarked here.

Representing the government, the vice president expressed gratitude to the Home Affairs Ministry, House of Representatives (DPR RI), Central Papua Province, and Nabire district authorities, and the customary community and land owners that have reached a consensus for the site of the new province's administrative centre.

He opined that the presence of regional authority office facilities and infrastructure reflected the central government's fairness to provide public service and development to all people.

On the same occasion, the vice president appealed to Central Papuan residents to unite and optimize their strategies to achieve common prosperity.

"Let us continue holding hands, no matter the government or customary, religious, community, youth and women figures, or strategic groups, to realize better development in Central Papua," Amin stated.

The vice president emphasized that the groundbreaking ceremony should be a momentum for regional authorities to reiterate the commitment to realize a government that will always be present and serve the people.

The vice president stated that the new administrative centre should not solely become the government office while adding that it should also serve as a cultural centre, open green space, sports arena, and medium of social interaction for the diverse residents of Central Papua.

Amin also urged government ministries and agencies and the private sector to synergize and collaborate to ensure that implementation of strategic agendas will benefit the native Central Papuans.

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Translator: Rangga Pandu AJ, Nabil Ihsan
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