PNG Citizens Are Rely on Indonesia


Jayapura, Jubi/Antara – Jayapura Municipal Border Management Agency assessed the Papua New Guinea’s citizens at border area are highly dependent with Indonesia in the term of the supply of basic commodities.

“They are really counting on us (Papua) for their basic commodities,” the Head of Jayapura Municipal Border Management Agency, Amos Solosa told in Jayapura last week.

It was indicated with the number of PNG citizens who were shopping in Indonesia, especially in the boundary market at Skouw Village of Muara Tami Sub-district, Jayapura Municipality. It was contrary if compared with other border areas in Indonesia, such as Kalimantan where Indonesian citizens are more dependent to neighboring country, Malaysia.

“PNG’s citizens’ dependency is related to nine basic commodities. They come for shopping. They are coming not limited from Vanimo but also from other region,” he said.

The foreign citizens visit to Indonesia at market day is fairly high. It is a promising market opportunity. However, the condition of security must obtain serious attention to get attention from investors to do investment at border area. The conducive security at border area will encourage the economic grow within that area. “The most important is the border local community could increase their standard of living,” he said. (*/rom)


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