29 Dec 2015

Joko Widodo to visit Papua

10:05 am on 29 December 2015

The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, will today begin a three-day tour of Papua to inaugurate a number of development projects.

According to the Antara news agency, the president is due to inaugurate a new office building for the local government in Jayawijaya district.

He is also expected to start a project to expand Wamena's airport, which will allow it to accommodate larger aircraft like the Boeing 737.

In Merauke, Indonesia's easternmost city near Papua New Guinea, Jokowi is scheduled to attend the inauguration of a 10,000-hectare plantation.

Officials say Joko will spend New Year's Eve in Waisai, which is the seat of West Papua's Raja Ampat district and a renowned diving and marine tourism site.

Joko Widodo visits Papua before his election in 2014

Joko Widodo visits Papua before his election in 2014 Photo: AFP

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