Caesar Akbar and L Ahmad Faiz, Jakarta – Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said his office will establish a design contest of Presidential Palace in Papua. The design is planned to meet for completion this year.
"But, I think [the design] should not be drafted as a presidential palace, but a statehouse. So it will be the President's office there," said Basuki in Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran, Jakarta, Wednesday, September 11.
Basuki said the ministry will survey the location first before running the contest as he was informed that 10 hectares of land is ready for the construction project.
"I have just ordered by him (the President) through Pak State Secretary (Pratikno). We will inspect the location as 10-hectare land in Jayapura is available for the project," he added. "So we will check it first and then hold the contest. Hopefully, the design will be completed this year."
The minister also hoped the project could be started next year.
Previously, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced that he will build a state palace in the Indonesia's eastern province in 2020 as requested by Papuan figures during a meeting in Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Tuesday, September 10. One of the figures, Abisai Rolio said he would grant his 10-hectare land for the project.