Jokowi Desire to Reduce Price in Papua Through Infrastructure
JAKARTA - President of Indonesia Joko Widodo intensively undertook a number of infrastructure developments in the Papua region, the main projects are roads construction, ports, airports, and railways. Those projects are done in order to eliminate the isolation in rural areas of Papua, so that the price disparity that exists because of the high logistics costs will slowly declining.
Indonesian government through Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) is boosting road construction in the border area of Papua and Trans Papua which has a length of 4330 Kilometers. Currently, the development is already at 89% of its completion and targeted to be fully connected by 2018.
Reported from detik.com (1/8/17), “Development on the island of Papua is not only to open the isolation, but it should be able to lowering the overpriced level there,” said Basuki Hadimuljono Minister of PUPR.
On the road that has been built, the road is also used for the installation of fiber optic network by the Ministry of Communication and Informatics as an effort to connect integrated communication in Papua.
According to government’s plan, all sections of Trans Papua Road and the border road which already completed 884 Kilometers out of 1068 Kilometers, will available for operation by 2018.