Yudhoyono leaves for three-day working visit to West Papua
PRESIDENT Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to arrive at Domine Eduard Osok airport here at 2:50 local time on Wednesday, Januari 21, 2009, afternoon for a three-day working visit in West Papua. In Sorong the head of state would inspect a joint post command of disaster management task force (Satkorlak) at Sorong mayor`s office and then visit Sele Be Solu public hospital on Wednesday.
Accompanied by First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, the head of state in the evening would attend a meeting with local administration officials and public figures.
The next morning on Thursday the president and his entourage would visit Manokwari district and take KRI Boiga from Manokwari port to Mansinam island to hand an assistance to the local community through the national program for civil society empowerment.
On the occasion, First Lady Ani Yudhoyono would also hand smart car and motorcycle (mobile libraries) to the local children. The president will conclude his visit in West Papua on Friday and fly to Denpasar, Bali, for another visit until Saturday.
Earlier on Tuesday, the president returned from his two-day working visit in Batam where he inaugurated free trade zone in the islands of Batam, Bintan, and Karimun in Riau Islands Province.
The inauguration was held at Coastarina Beach, Ocarina Mega Tourism, on Batam island on Monday morning. Besides inaugurating the free trade zone, the president also held a dialog with a number of Indonesian and Singaporean business makers on the imposition of Government Regulation No.2/2009 on Monday evening.
In the dialog, the president called on business companies operating in the free trade zone in Batam, Bintan and Karimun to remain steadfast in the current global economic crisis. “While the storm is not yet over, it is certain that exports will drop whereas Batam, Bintan and Karimun are relying on exports. So I hope you can understand that the world market is indeed weakening and shrinking. Well, this year we have to struggle to survive so that can rise again later,” he said. (antara.co.id)