Demolish makeshift buildings at border: Polye

​The makeshift buildings at the border of Indonesia's West Papua and PNG must be demolished to make way for permanent ones.

This was the statement from the PNG Opposition Leader, Don Pomb Polye, after his historic visit to Batas on Saturday.

The Opposition Leader said both governments needed to encourage businesses to build permanent buildings on each side of the border to sell their items.

"Trade worth more than K3 million takes place at the border without any proper control by authorities. It adds to the tally of total capital outflow," he said.

After the trip, Polye said he learnt that PNG faced trade deficit there.

Following briefings from customs and defence officers, he added that this trip would help the next government, which he is confident of leading, to draft policies and legislations to address border issues.

He stated that he has relevant information needed to improve trade and other issues facing both countries.

Polye was on a three-day roadshow for his Triumph Heritage Empowerment (THE) Party's candidates for Sandaun Province.

Press release