'Each time the president is photographed somewhere, the place becomes a popular tourism spot,' says Tourism Minister Arief Yahya. (Photo courtesy of the State Secretariat)

Jokowi Goes Offroad in Papua

BY :HERU ANDRIYANTO

MAY 10, 2017

Wamena. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo rode trail bikes to inspect a stretch of dirt roads in Wamena in the Papua highlands — part of the 4,300 kilometer Trans-Papua road project — on Wednesday (10/05).

Jokowi, accompanied by Military Chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, traveled in a military convoy on the Wamena-Mamumu 1 section of the Trans-Papua road.

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Military officers have been deployed to help with the development of the road project.

The president made good on his promise to Indonesian students in Sydney, Australia, on Feb. 26 during his state visit down under.

"We're working on the Trans-Papua road morning, noon and night. What for? So that justice is served, [development] should be felt even in the remotest parts of Indonesia," the president said back then.

Jokowi said eventually the dirt roads will be paved with asphalt.

The Public Works and Housing Ministry has set a target for the Trans-Papua road to be opened in 2018.

While in Papua. the president also attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a gas-powered mobile power plant in Jayapura, the capital city of Papua.

There are three provinces on the island of Papua: West Papua, Central Papua and Papua. The Trans-Papua road will run from one end of the island to the other.

President Joko Widodo, center, rides his own trail bike in a convoy with Indonesian Military Chief Gatot Nurmantyo, left, on a dirt road in the Papua highlands. (Photo courtesy of State Secretary)

President Joko Widodo and his convoy go around the bend on the new Trans-Papua road near Wamena. (Photo courtesy of State Secretary)

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