By Theckla Gunga – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Landowners of the oil palm projects in Amanab, West Sepik Province, have undergone basic life skills training in Jayapura, Indonesia.
The first 32 graduated in Indonesia after successfully completing three months of studies.
This opportunity is the first of its kind for landowners to receive training through an arrangement with Papua Provincial Government in Indonesia.
The graduating class consists of locals from Amanab Blocks 1 to 4, in the Green River District of West Sepik province.
They become the first batch of landowners to benefit from this new agreement between the Investor, the PNG government, and the Indonesian government.
Such rare opportunities come as a benefit for people from the border villages along Vanimo West Coast, given the lack of technical education opportunities available in Vanimo.
The only challenge was understanding Bahasa, Indonesia’s national language. However, it pushed the participates to do more research on learning how to speak it correctly.
The skills training varied from carpentry skills to tourism and hospitality.
It was delivered in three months with funding support from the Oil Palm investors in Anamab.
This opportunity for locals to study in Indonesia is part of the Ten Year Basic Border Agreement which was signed by both governments.