He made the call at Mengar in Wewak on Thursday, April 14th 2022 when launching the K500 million Wewak International Port.
PM Marape said all the efforts of the people of East Sepik in agriculture would be wasted if there was no port to take their produce to international markets.
He said his vision was to establish formal trade links with Indonesia. The new port would be a catalyst for that.
He said Papua New Guinea, through East Sepik, is one of the largest vanilla producers in the world with a lot of that crossing the land border to Indonesia.