3 Dec 2009

PNG to improve its border facilities with Papua

10:50 am on 3 December 2009

Papua New Guinea is to improve its border facilities with neighboring Indonesian province, Papua, in a bid to tap trade and investment opportunities.

The Asian Development Bank will provide a 25 million US dollar loan and a technical assistance grant of more than 900,000 US dollars to the project.

The project will refurbish or build new border facilities and provide business skills training.

It will also implement a social development programme, including HIV/AIDS prevention for border communities.

The director general of ADB's Pacific Department, Hafeez Rahman, says it has the potential to create an economic corridor for the country, benefiting the West Sepik as well as neighboring provinces.