President Jokowi Begins Working Visit to Maluku, North Maluku, and West Papua
Date 4 April 2016
President Joko Jokowi Widodo along with First Lady Ibu Iriana Widodo, on Monday (4/4) began his three-day working visit to Maluku, West Papua, and North Maluku Provinces.
Member of the Presidential Communication Team Ari Dwipayana in his press conference on Monday (4/4) said that the President will inaugurate several infrastructure projects in those provinces, including Merah Putih Bridge in Ambon, Maluku as well as Wasior Seaport in West Papua. Meanwhile in Morotai, North Maluku, the President will inaugurate New and Renewable Energy projects in Maluku, North Maluku, Papua, and West Papua Provinces.
The President is also planned to inaugurate Tobelo, Galela, Tutu Kembong, Wonreli, and Pulau Teor Seaports, Ari said, adding that the inauguration will be concentrated at the Tobelo Seaport, North Halmahera Regency.
The inauguration of those five seaports, Ari added, reflects Presidents seriousness to implement sea toll projects, which have been initiated by the President since the campaign period of the Presidential Election in 2014.
Ari further said that the sea toll program is the Governments efforts to reaffirm that Indonesia is a maritime country, one of which by building sea transportation system so that inter-and intra-island logistics system can be connected. The program is also aimed at connecting major seaports accross the country.
Through the connectivity among the seaports, the whole country will be connected, from Sabang to Merauke and the flow of goods to the remote areas will be smoother, Ari added.
President Jokowi and his entourage are scheduled to return to Jakarta on Wednesday (6/4). (ES)(RAS/EP/YM/Naster)