Border agencies meet to focus on project outcomes
BORDER Development Authority will be hosting a two-day workshop today and tomorrow in Vanimo, West Sepik Province.
BDA acting executive chairman Fred Konga said the purpose of the workshop is to bring together all border management agencies and other stakeholders to focus on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded Wutung pilot Border Trade and Investment Project outcome and improving of facilitating trade and investment.
He said the project will help PNG benefit from the dynamic economic development in Asia. Expanded trade with Papua Province of Indonesia resulting from the project will:
* Encourage PNG to specialise according to its comparative advantages and enable efficient deployment of national resources;
* Increase PNG exports;
* Disseminate to PNG ideas, management and organisation skills, and technology to increase productivity of local businesses; and
* Give PNG consumers a wider range of products at cheaper prices.
Mr Konga said the civil work component of the project commenced in December 2011 and the staff housing component is substantially completed with construction of the main office complex in progress and expected to be fully completed by June 2014.
He said the project is approximately 50% completed and is on schedule for completion as plan.
“In the light of the project reaching its crucial completion stages, it is important that we focus more on the project outcomes,” Mr Konga said.
“That’s is a One stop Shop processing facilities that will enable efficient processing of labour, goods and services to facilitate trade and investment opportunities for the people of Wutung, West Sepik Province and ultimately the people of PNG at large.
“It is with this background that the workshop is been organized for all Border Management Agencies to address the issues of effectively delivering their mandated roles to achieve the project outcomes of a one stop shop.”