President Jokowi in Papua to inaugurate new airport, launch fuel scheme

The President is also scheduled to witness the operation preparations for Air Tractor AT-802 in Yahukimo.

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo, on the second day of his Papua visit, is scheduled to inaugurate Nop Goliat Dekai Airport in Yahukimo and launch the government's one-price fuel programme for people in the region.

The Presidential Press Bureau said in a statement that the President is also scheduled to witness the operation preparations for Air Tractor AT-802 in Yahukimo.

Air Tractor AT-802 is an aircraft operated by state-run energy giant Pertamina to support fuel distribution in Papua's remote areas.

It is also reported that Jokowi and his entourage have already departed for Yahukimo from Sentani Airport in Jayapura. From Yahukimo, Jokowi and First Lady Iriana will go to Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado, North Sulawesi. There they are expected to hand over land certificates to people as part of the 2016 national strategic program.

On 17 October, Jokowi inaugurated several infrastructure projects, including six electricity power plants, in Papua and its surrounding areas.

According to the Jakata Post, the President said that he was fully aware of the geographical challenges that Papua faces, however he also said that these challenges should not become obstacles for the government to complete infrastructure projects in a timely manner.

"I've talked with the state electricity firm PLN president director [Sofyan Basri] and he told me it is hoped the program to provide electricity to all areas across Papua and West Papua could be completed by 2020. I said: Don't take too long. If possible, it should be finished by 2019," Jokowi said, as reported

"I know Papua's geographical conditions are very tough but our target must be completed. It's not only for the electricity projects but all infrastructure projects in Papua," he added.