Vanimo is one of the 18 identified potential SEZ location in the country.
The Japan Development Institute team of experts and the International Trade and Investment team arrived in Vanimo yesterday where they were received by Sandaun Governor, Tony Wouwou and the members of the Sandaun Provincial Administration.
The team is in the province as part of their familiarization visits to identified potential Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the country to help formulate Papua New Guinea’s SEZ Masterplan.
Vanimo is one of the 18 identified potential SEZ location in the country. It is located at the border of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
Minister for Internal Trade and Investment, Richard Maru said Sandaun is an agriculture province, however the province has not tapped into the market opportunity on the other side of the border in Indonesia which has 273 million people with an economy that is growing consistently at over 5 percent per annum.
He said the province does not have water supply, no international wharf, no international airport and no industrial park adding these are critical enablers that will capacitate Vanimo to be a major border industrial town.
Minister Maru urged the provincial government to identify the land for the industrial park, where factories will be located to produces goods to sell to Indonesia.
Meanwhile, the JDI expert team and the local consultants will visit some of the identified locations in the province today, including Wutung Border Post, wharf area, market area and the land proposed for physical development.