Jokowi: Development in West Papua is Very Difficult, Betting Lives

President Joko Widodo

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) revealed the difficulty of building on infrastructure in West Papua. Difficulties ranging from terrain to weather are the main challenges in building infrastructure in West Papua.

“I want to add a little that the development in West Papua is very difficult, the terrain is very difficult. The geography, the weather, the altitude of 3,000-4,000 meters above sea level, as we see from Wamena to Mamugu, 278 km, it’s above 3,000, just carrying the heavy equipment there using a helicopter, carrying the asphalt also using a helicopter,” Jokowi said at the State Palace, Central Jakarta, Wednesday (05/12/2018).

Jokowi explained that building infrastructure in West Papua is very different compared to other regions such as Java.

“Difficult development like that which must be known by the community, is very different, very different from the construction of roads, for example in Java. Nature is difficult in West Papua, there is also a security side at certain points,” he explained.

In fact, said Jokowi, security issues also need to be highlighted in building infrastructure in West Papua. For example, in the shooting incident 31 workers at the Trans Papua road project took place.

Even so, Jokowi stressed that infrastructure development must continue.

“This causes sometimes for example a project must stop first for example, because the tools are very difficult and sometimes security also needs attention. So the people who work there really bet their lives. And once again I want to say that development Trans Papua will continue to be carried out, continued. It will not stop,” Jokowi stressed.


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