Papua New Guinea can learn a lot from Indonesia, the largest democratic nation in the world, Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato says.
“Indonesia is a global player and is PNG’s friend and we have got a lot to learn from them,” he said. “That why this high-level discussion and communication is taking place and some of these things that we can
pick up from each other’s experiences, like conducting simultaneous national and council elections and move forward together. Pats made his observation after meeting with Indonesian coordinator Minister for Political, Law Enforcement and Security
Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan at the Parliament on Friday. “Indonesia and PNG are close and have many mutual agreements (11 memorandum of understanding and three treaties) in
relations starting from the treaty of mutual and friendship. “So, there are many issues of cooperation which will enable us to enjoy prosperity, security benefits,” he said. Pats said Indonesia would share its experience of hosting the 2013 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in view of
PNG’s preparation to host the 2018 APEC summit. “We are pleased to have a high level important delegation from Indonesia to PNG and our Trade Minister (Richard Maru)
will be going to Indonesia to pursue some of the matters that we have discussed on people to people relationship, trade and
investment and discussion on some of our projects along the border,” he said.
Pato said they had discussions to develop liquefied natural gas, oil fields and rural electrification projects along the PNG-Indonesian border. “Also, we discussed about development of the oil palm industry, military and police cooperation intelligence sharing and education exchanges,” he said. SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS
2) President visits three provinces in Eastern Indonesia
Senin, 4 April 2016 15:58 WIB | 571 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana left for Ambon, Maluku, here, Monday, to start a three-day working visit to the provinces of Maluku, West Papua, and North Maluku located in eastern Indonesia.
The president and his entourage departed from the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base, eastern Jakarta, Monday, at around 11:30 a.m. local time by the Indonesia-I presidential aircraft.
Jokowi has reiterated several times that the national development program must focus on Indonesia as a whole and not merely Java.
"I have told all ministers that the development must begin from the border areas to the center. It is not Java-centric. It must be Indonesia-centric," the head of state emphasized.
President Jokowi is scheduled to inaugurate several infrastructure projects.
The president will officiate the Red and White Bridge in Ambon, Maluku, and Wasior Harbor in West Papua.
In Morotai, North Maluku, Jokowi will symbolically inaugurate new and renewable energy projects located in North Maluku, Maluku, Papua, and West Papua.
Symbolic inauguration of five seaports will be held in Tobelo Harbor in North Halmahera District, North Maluku.
The four other harbors are Galela, Tutu Kembong, Wonreli, and Teor Island.
The new seaports are expected to support the governments sea toll road program aimed at boosting the countrys inter-island connectivity and logistics supplies to remote areas.
"Sea toll is not a road. This means there are deep sea ports and harbors in Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Papua. Moreover, there are big ships operating every day, so (goods/commodity) prices in all islands will be the same. It is a sense of justice," Jokowi had stated in 2014.
President Jokowi and the First Lady will return to Jakarta on Wednesday, (April 6).
The Red and White Bridge, to be inaugurated by the president in Ambon on April 6, is the longest in eastern Indonesia and measures 1,140 meters in length. The bridge will reduce the travel time to and from Pattimura airport, Central Maluku District.