By EREBIRI ZURENUOC
MOROBE Governor Ginson Saonu has welcomed discussions on possible economic and trade partnerships with the Papua province of Indonesia.
In a visit to Lae on Thursday, Governor of Papua Lukas Enembe said he was looking at expanding economic cooperation between the two provinces, especially within the Mamose region.
“I have been entrusted by the Central Government (of Indonesia) to strengthen relations within the region,” he said.
“I hope that the region will give me the support to make this plan happen. Morobe and other provinces in the Mamose are closer to Jayapura.
“That is why we need to have connectivity, particularly through shipping and airline services.”
Enembe said in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Cooperation (Asean), Indonesia was behind other countries,
“Thailand and the Philippines are better than Indonesia, especially in trade,” he said.
“That is why we need cooperation with the Pacific region to make a significant progress. The main game for us in the Pacific region is PNG.” Enembe said other aspect of cooperation included sports such as rugby, and the possibility of importing 20,000 head of cattle from Morobe in 2020 during a national sporting event.
Saonu said he was happy that Enembe has mentioned opening direct air access and flight routes from Lae to Jakarta leading on to Singapore and other international destinations.
“I give my commitment to facilitate for the economic and tourism development opportunities both at the provincial and national level,” Saonu said.
“Morobe will provide support for you. I request for cooperation in education and language.
“I want to work with you to provide opportunities for our students to improve their education. Let us assist each other with education scholarships.
“Because of our mutual interest, it is better to close the language barrier.
“I am willing to supply you English teachers and learning materials and in exchange you supply me with Bahasa (Indonesia) teachers and learning materials.”
Saonu requested that a team from Morobe visit the Freeport mine in Papua.
By EREBIRI ZURENUOC