This eventuated during a recent trip from January 19 – 26, led by North Fly MP James Donald.
Donald’s team comprised of LLG president Kawuk Konmop, some councilors and border village landowners and leaders.
The delegation entered through Yetetkun village (Indonesia) after a day’s travel (by foot) from the PNG side.
They met with the local MP (Bupati), Boven Degoel, on January 24th to discuss two main agendas.
In a report of the trip on his official Facebook page, Donald said this meet was to establish a government to government agreement and road linkage between Alice pit/Birimkamba (PNG) and Yetetkun (Indonesia).
The agreement is to get both provinces to collaborate in areas of trade, education, health, culture, tourism and service development.
It is also the initial discussion on the need to connect North Fly District with Indonesia by constructing a road through the location identified. An Indonesian contractor will be engaged to commence road construction in the second quarter of this year.
Donald says this will also see the establishment of border posts from both sides of the country; and a similar arrangement to Wutung (Vanimo).
An agreement was signed on Friday, 26th January.
Donald is confident that this is the shortest possible way for North Fly to catch up with rest of the districts in PNG.
“I know we will drive through for this vision because these two agendas are North Fly DDA decision being endorsed by Western Province Provincial Executive Council, the governor and other two District South and Middle Fly Members.
“I thank the Indonesian government for well receiving our team and well responded with positive feedback agreeing to two agendas,” he said.
He is calling on the support of the people of North Fly District and Western Province.