Jayapura, Jubi – The Border Agency and Foreign Cooperation (BPKLN) said Papua Governor Lukas Enembe had given his support for the establishment of a “money changer” in the border area between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG).
“When we submitted directly to the Governor of Papua about the plans of a money changer at the border, he responded positively,” said BPKLN head Suzana Wanggai in Jayapura on Thursday (23/7 / 2015).
She admitted currently BPKLN is preparing the documents related to the foreign exchange point in the border region. “The impetus for the spot foreign exchange aims to prevent the practice of illegal money exchange in border areas,” she added.
She said during this time transaction of buying and selling currencies of Indonesia and PNG currency in the border region is irregular, so the determination of the exchange rate is done at will by the merchant.
“Economic activity is increasing since PNG community often buy their basic needs at border markets,” she said again.
Earlier, the governor of Papua Lukas Enembe said to overcome the existing problems in the border region, it takes the seriousness of all stakeholders.
In connection with these problems, the coordination is a key element in building a future border, so it is no longer found any development program overlapping between agencies.
“The problem in the border region is very diverse, ranging from the issue of state borders, the effectiveness of border crossings, the interconnection between the border regions, up to the level of welfare of the people who are still lagging behind and Spatial Planning that takes the seriousness of the various parties in building the border region,” said Lukas Enembe on Thursday (28/05/2015). (Alexander Loen/ Tina)