Monday, 8 August 2011


The Working Committee for Boundary Zone Administration of Commission II of House made a specific visit to the borderline zone between the Province of Timor Leste (RDTL). The  working Committee of House saw potentials that might stimulate economic growth of the borderline zones particularly in trading because the procurement of nine essebtial needs (food) for Timor Leste were were for the most part sent over from Indonesia. The trading potential must be developed to promote social welfare of the communities in both countries. This was disclosed by Ganjar Pranowo, Vice Chairman of Commision II of House upon leading visit of the Committee of Boundary Administration of house to the Indonesia – Timor Leste borderline zone.

The Working Committee of House was expecting that the market at the borderline of motaain of the Regency of Belu NTT and Timor Leste could be functioned to the maximum. Today there are only two kiosk being active at the borderline market. This borderline market is only used by the local communities, although the place was meant to be a meeting point of the Indonesians and people of  of Timor Leste. In reality, the boundary market is not functioning, because Timor Leste could import food directly from Surabaya or other cities without using NTT.

Development of boundary areas could not be simultaneously carried out at all boundary points, because administration at boundary towns have no standard management platform. To build boundary zones, House was proposing to set up a pilot project, which may serve as a model for building other similar towns on the borderlines.

Furthermore development of borderline towns should not be monitored by one single commission, because to make advance ments in the boederline cities is a multi-sector process. Moreover if management of borderline cities were to be part o national political strategy, a comprehensive parliamentary team would be needed to control development in borderline zones.

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