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Jakarta Post

It’s time to bring an end to border dilemmas

  • I Made Andi Arsana

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 6 2012   /  08:00 am

In December, I attended an exhibition organized by the National Border Management Agency (BNPP) in Jakarta. It is not often one has the chance to see such a show.

The BNPP is considered a relatively young institution in Indonesia, as it was formed in 2008 with the enactment of the National Territory Law. The agency was established to foster a new approach for border management in Indonesia that would focus less on “standing guard” and more on figuring out how to ensure national prosperity.

There were many exhibits from different institutions, mainly from local governments in border areas. Participants tried their best to showcase their potential, mainly economic-related. Some touted traditional cuisine, while others promoted their potential for mining or tourism businesses.

One important thing I observed was that infrastructure requires improvement. It does not ...