Business At Wutung Hit Hard, Says Envoy
Trading at the Indonesian and PNG border remains closed to all goods and people to prevent the infectious coronavirus. Indonesian Ambassador to PNG Andriana Supandy told the Post-Courier that this was vital despite economic loss as the welfare of both countries were important.
Ambassador Supandy is, however, hopeful that this threat will soon blown away and people in Vanimo will start accessing services from both countries.
Over time many residents from Vanimo have crossed the border for supplies or general services like healthcare and medicine they need from Indonesia, especially from Jayapura.
He said Indonesia has postponed all activity in the border between Indonesia and PNG since January 31. “We note a little number of workers have returned home due to the company policy during the SoE.
However, most of the Indonesian including the Indonesian Embassy Officers, businessman or people engage with companies that are still in operation are fully aware of the situation and are very supportive to maintain the situation during the SoE in accordance with the PNG government Policy,” he said.
Mr Supandy said the Indonesian Embassy is also bridging the communication and update from the PNG Government to the Indonesian citizen in PNG and is always available in case of an emergency situation.
“In regard to the prevention and preparation in any case of the Covid-19 in the border with PNG, Indonesia has prepared Ambulance, Quarantine Facility and PPE for the health workers at the Skow Border Clinic,” he said.
“The Government of the Republic of Indonesia is also committed to prevent the transmission of the Covid-19 in the border area between the two countries.
“They are doing their best to educate the people along the border area about the threat, prevention and to report cases.
“Security along the border as in Indonesia’s border has been strengthened for regular surveillance and scheduled patrols.
“The priority now is to upgrade the health capacity both in terms of numbers of the personnel and also equipment to be able to cope with the uncertainty of the Covid-19 cases, if it happens.”
He further reinforced that Indonesia and PNG are good neighbours and are also close friends and is optimistic that everything will return to normal.
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