Manokwari (ANTARA News) – During his first-ever working visit in West Papua, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is to present Rp154.72 billion in financial aid under the National Self-reliant Community Empowerment Program (PNPM) to the province on Thursday.
The assistance was to be handed to West Papua Governor Abraham Artururi when the president visits Mansinam island in Manokwari district.
The president was expected to arrive at Manokwari`s Rendani airport from Sorong at 9:30 am local time and inspect a command post of the Earthquake Disaster Management Coordination Unit (Satkorlak) at the Manokwari district head`s office.
From the Manokwari distirct head`s office, the president would be driven to Manokwari`s seaport to board a naval vessel that would take him and his entourage to Mansinam island where he would hand over the PNPM financial aid intended for nine districts and municipalities in West Papua. On the occasion, the president would also present aid in kind (basic necessary packages) to the local people of the island.
In addition, the president would also witness the handing of People`s Business Credit (KUR) from three state banks to small enterprises in the district.
On the occasion Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) would hand credits totaling Rp16.59 billion to 1,516 debtors, Bank Mandiri Rp11.22 billion, and Bank BNI Rp8.42 billion to 44 debtors.
In Mansinam island, President Yudhoyono would also sign a plaque to mark the dedication of ten infrastructure projects in West Papua, among others the construction of Warmare-Prafi road, six bridges, and a road betweb Fak Fak and Kokas. (*)
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