The construction of Youtefa Bridge is part of President Joko Widodo's (Jokowi’s) commitment to expediting infrastructure development in Papua Province, Deputy Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Wempi Wetipo stated.

Hence, Wetipo urged the people at large, especially those residing in Jayapura, the capital city of Papua, to care for this long bridge in the province, he told journalists while observing this bridge scheduled for inauguration in Jayapura, Papua, on Monday.

"Please take care of this bridge. Do not vandalize it again. This is evidence of a president's commitment to us," he noted, adding that President Jokowi truly cared for the rapid development of infrastructure facilities in Papua.

President Jokowi always demonstrated full commitment to developing Papua. Hence, the people of Papua should laud him by maintaining and caring for facilities, including the bridge, that his administration has built, he stated.

Wetipo noted that President Jokowi's focus on Papua was also apparent from the fact that he and other native Papuans were appointed as his cabinet members.

Some Rp943.6 billion was spent to construct this 732-meter-long Youtefa Bridge.

A consortium of state construction companies -- PT PP, PT Hutama Karya, and PT Nindya Karya -- constructed the bridge over Youtefa Bay to link Jayapura and Muara Tami District in Papua and Skouw District of the neighboring country Papua New Guinea.

In April 2018, President Jokowi had reviewed the progress in its construction during which he was optimistic that the long bridge would give rise to new economic centers in Jayapura and the nearby areas.

The project, the construction for which began in 2015, is already 80 percent complete. It will cut short the time required to reach Skouw border from Jayapura, from 2.5 hours to 60 minutes.

Papua and West Papua have come under the radar of both the Indonesian and foreign media after a spate of violence broke out in several parts of these two Indonesian provinces in August and September 2019. 


South Sumatera Governor Herman Deru affirmed that his administrative side had inked a letter of capability to become the U-20 World Cup host after FIFA appointed Indonesia to hold the event in 2021.

“We are now ready to host the event, and all requirements have been fulfilled,” Deru stated in Palembang on Sunday.

The governor will thereafter prepare an order for management of the Gelora Sriwijaya Jakabaring Stadium to ready the necessary infrastructure.

“The field, grass, and also safety requirement, as well as other technical conditions shall be prepared,” Deru explained.

Furthermore, the citizens of South Sumatera, especially in Palembang, should be ready and open to welcome this international soccer event.

“I expect the event will also boost the people’s economy,” Deru noted.

An announcement was made at the FIFA Council Meeting in Shanghai, China, on October 24, to formally appoint Indonesia to host the 2021 U-20 soccer World Cup, thereby beating contenders, Brazil and Peru.

Jakabaring Stadium has become one of the host venue candidates. It was earlier a venue for the Asian Games XVIII in 2018, as Palembang hosted the event along with Jakarta. (ANTARA)


During the observance of Youth Pledge Day on October 28, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) appealed to Indonesian youngsters to partake in developing the nation.

"I invite young people to work hand-in-hand to move Indonesia now and in the future," the president noted on his Twitter account @jokowi on Monday.

He pointed out that the spirit of Youth Pledge has continued to echo until now, adding that the country's youngsters must continue in the path to advancing the nation and country.

"Some 91 years have passed, but the pledge of Indonesian youth, who had come from all over Nusantara (the Archipelago) and gathered on October 28, 1928, continues to echo until today," Jokowi stated.

Youth Pledge is a significant milestone in the history of the Indonesian independence movement. This pledge is regarded as the manifestation of the spirit to affirm the ideals of the founding of the state of Indonesia.

The oath was made during the Second Youth Congress held in Jakarta on Oct 27-28, 1928.

The pledge features three main points, with the first being: We, the sons and daughters of Indonesia, acknowledge one motherland, Indonesia, while the second pledge is We, the sons and daughters of Indonesia, acknowledge one nation, the nation of Indonesia.

According to the third point of the pledge, we, the sons and daughters of Indonesia, respect the language of unity, Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia).

Youth Pledge is viewed as a foundation for the establishment of an independent and sovereign Indonesian nation proclaimed on August 17, 1945, after being colonized by the Dutch for some 350 years and by Japan for nearly 3.5 years.  (ANTARA)


General Chair of the Nahdlatul Ulama (PBNU) Executive Board, KH Said Aqil Siradj in his meeting with the US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph Donovan at the PBNU office, Jakarta on Monday, said NU was always ready to be a peacemaker in the Afghan conflict. Said Aqil admitted that during his tenure as PBNU chairman, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) had tried four times to reconcile the Afghan conflict, although it had not been successful.

“I am ready to be a peacemaker, NU is always ready to be a peacemaker, wherever it is, Afghanistan, we have been four times, in Thailand (with) Hasyim Muzadi, the Bangkok government with Patani. NU has tried 4 times to reconcile the conflict in Afghanistan, although it has not been successful until now, and so has the Uighurs or Myanmar,” said Said Aqil Siradj.

Meanwhile the US Ambassador Joseph Donovan said, in his visit to PBNU also discussed how to improve education, including how the United States could help Nahdlatul Ulama Universities and Colleges to be able to build relationships with universities in the United States. (VOI/Yollen/AHM)