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West Papua to open export route to Pacific countries

  • Victor Mambor

    The Jakarta Post

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Jayapura   /   Wed, April 17, 2019   /  06:14 pm
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Papua province officials stand next to a display of Papuan coffee products on April 15. (JP/Victor Mambor)

Papua province plans to open an export route for the 13 million people in 14 Pacific countries for agricultural products such as Wamena coffee, Governor Lukas Enembe has said. He said he welcomed the central government initiative to push economic growth in the province’s agricultural sector. Enembe made the comment in response to a visit from the Agricultural Ministry’s head of agricultural produce quarantine body, Ali Jamil. “Papua has to be the gateway to ASEAN and Pacific countries,” he said on Monday. The governor said Pacific countries needed economic cooperation with Papua, but the province had yet to have adequate facilities for direct exports like infrastructure and permit and customs procedures. Export through air cargo was possible, but not via road or sea. “The President has approved of the plan. But the Transportation Ministry has yet...