Border Development Authority Review

Border Development Authority says it is unable to provide surveillance at border posts due to lack of funding since 2011.

BDA Executive Chairman Fred Konga said designs for surveillance and border posts are complete and awaiting government funding.

Projects still to get funding are in the border provinces Western province and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

Border Development Authority was established in 2008 by an act of parliament.

Its main function is to coordinate development activities in border areas to improve security social and economic empowerment.

For the first time after 6 years, BDA management has decided to review its performance and present issues to the government, the obvious one being lack of funding.

In a management meeting this week in Port Moresby Chairman Konga said there were a number of unresolved issues at BDA that needs government intervention.

Meanwhile, designs for Kangu Border Post in Buin and border Surveillance post in Tasman and Kieta in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville have been completed for the PNG-Solomon Island border management.

Work on the K90 million ADB funded Wutung Border trade and investment project in Sandaun Province is almost completed.

This project comprises of the construction of 22 houses and a border administration post.

This post will accommodate all interagencies like Customs, NAQIA and immigration to manage the movement of goods and people along the PNG-Indonesian border.

Designs are also completed and are waiting construction for border posts in Western Province for PNG-Indonesian border management

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