Indonesia‘s president visits Papua to check on projects

Indonesia‘s President Joko Widodo is today expected to visit Papua region, widely known as West Papua.

A new main market for Papuan women vendors selling fresh produce in Jayapura, Indonesia, known as Pasar Mama Mama Papua. Photo: Supplied

In what is his eighth trip to Papua, Mr Widodo plans to travel to Jayapura, Timika, Asmat regency and Sorong.

The president is to visit a number of his government‘s projects aimed at accelerating economic and social development in Papua.

These include Jayapura‘s new , an early childhood centre, and the Holtekamp Bridge in the Papuan capital, among other infrastructure projects.

According to a government spokesperson, President Widodo will also be distributing land titles to Papuan residents.

A joint Indonesian military and police force of around 2500 personnel has prepared to provide security for the president along his various stops.