IRIAN JAYA-PAPUA NEW GUINEA TRADE SHOW A SUCCESS

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 29, 1999 – The National)---The 1999 Christmas Border Trade Show and Bazaar (CBTSB) held at the border between PNG and Indonesia has been described as a resounding success.

The CBTSB, held December 15-19, was an initiative of the consulates of both countries in Jayapura, Irian Jaya and Vanimo, West Sepik.

According to the chairperson of the CBTSB committee, George Waromi, the event was well attended by representatives from the office of the two governors (Irian Jaya and West Sepik), Speaker Bernard Narokobi and Provincial and Local Government Affairs Minister Andrew Kumbakor.

Mr. Waromi said business houses from Irian Jaya, the Mamose Region and Port Moresby took part in the show.

"Such was the interest shown by businessmen and citizens of both countries that the joint committee was requested to extend the show beyond December 19," he said in a statement.

Business houses, both large and small, displayed products such as Batik, PNG designed textiles, foodstuff and many imported and electronic goods.

Large automotive dealers, such as Ela Motors and Bosawa, Incorporated, brought along their products to the show.

"The orderly conducted CBTSB, besides the buying and selling activities, enabled people from all walks of life to make new friends and establish business contacts, which will enhance social interaction and business partnership," Mr. Waromi said.

He said at least 20,000 people visited during the five-day show, which included people from Wutung and Skow villages along the border area, who helped in constructing the required infrastructure, such as stalls, for the show.

He said the show is part of a push to establish a free trade market for the two provinces.

THE NATIONAL

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