Mansinam island, W Papua (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Sunday inaugurated a statue of Jesus Christ o Mansinam island.

The president arrived on Mansinam island at around 11 a.m. Eastern Indonesian Standard Time (WIT) using Sampari Navy ship.

The head of state was accompanied by First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, Minister of Transportation EE Mangindaan, Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto, Governor of West Papua Abraham Octavianus Atururi and other high ranking government officials.

Apart from inaugurating the statue on Mansinam island, President Yudhoyono also observed the development of sea wall at the WTC beach in Raja Ampat district, water pipe for farming in Fakfak district, Waroser dam and breakwater at the beach on Mansinam island.

President Yudhoyonos visit to Mansinam island was part of the presidents activities on the sidelines of international maritime event Sail Raja Ampat held in Raja Ampat District, from August 17 to 23.

After his visit in West Papua, President Yudhoyono is scheduled to attend an international conference in Bali province.

The Sail Raja Ampat 2014 is one of the sail series organized by the Indonesian Government. It is an annual international event formulating sailing and other marine-oriented activities while promoting coastal and maritime tourism.

Several ministries, institutions, and public and private sectors had worked in tandem to synergize the programs with an eye to offer economic and cultural benefits to both the participants and the communities where the event took place.

Reporting by Panca Hari Prabowo
Translating and Editing by Amie Fenia Arimbi

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