By Mickey Kavera – EM TV, Vanimo
Wutung Border is an important economic corridor for Papua New Guinea.
There is a high volume of trade taking place daily.
Papua New Guineans living on the border have become heavily dependent on border trade to sustain their livelihood.
Plans are underway to harness this potential, with the opening of new border facilities.
Currently, much of the business is happening on the Indonesian side of the Border with very little business activities on the PNG side.
Cash flow into Indonesia is estimated at around K7million. This could be retained, and trade increase, on the PNG side if the proposed facilities are up and running.
Also, it would generate revenue for the country and the Sandaun Provincial Government.
Border Development Authority Chairman, Fred Konga, wants all border agencies such as customs, immigration and Naqia among others to get things moving at the Wutung border.
He says, Indonesia already has a well-established border management that has greatly seen it reap the benefits of border trade with Papua New Guinea.
BDA including all other border agencies will be having a meeting soon to finalise their operational plans to open up the border for trade.