5 Oct 2009

PNG set to have new monitoring facility on border with Indonesia

8:41 pm on 5 October 2009

A new multi-million kina border facility is to be established on Papua New Guinea's border with Indonesia in the coming years for effective monitoring of border-crossers on the PNG side.

The Governor of PNG's West Sepik province, Simon Solo, says that the facility will house offices for customs, quarantine, labour and other necessary services at the border.

The Post Courier newspaper reports that the facility, which has been approved by the national executive council, would be located at Wutung and would cost more than $US 50 million.

The new border structure is to be funded by the Asian Development Bank.

Mr Solo says the move is a bid to provide effective services to regulate movement across the border.

The government has been under pressure to improve monitoring of cross-border movement over recent years, as the flow of refugees, illicit trade and human trafficking around the border has been an ongoing concern.