PNG and Indonesia seek to develop border trade

The Wutung entry facility at the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea is an important trading access point. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Papua New Guinea and Indonesia need to develop economic activities along their shared border, according to PNG Foreign Affairs and Trade Secretary Barbara Age.

Ms Age was speaking during an economic development cooperation forum between the two countries in Port Moresby.

She said there were huge opportunities along the border in Batas/Wutung.

Ms Age said establishing an economic zone along the border along with the necessary infrastructure and facilities, could contribute to greater cross-border trade.

Meanwhile, a senior Indonesian government official agreed there was more economic potential to be developed between the two countries,

Rossy Verona said there was potential, but unfortunately, not many people knew about it.

Ms Verona said that was why the meeting was taking place, to identify challenges and try and find a way forward.