Pontianak, West Kalimantan (ANTARA) - Construction of a new border crossing in Jagoi Babang Sub-district, Bengkayang District, West Kalimantan, will revive the local economy, deputy speaker of the Bengkayang District Legislature (DPRD) Esidorus stated.

"We are optimistic that a speedy completion of the Jagoi Babang border crossing would encourage economic growth for residents along the border region," Esidorus remarked in Bengkayang, Thursday.

The DPRD deputy speaker believes that a border crossing in the sub-district will address issues often occurring in the border area.

"If work on the border crossing is completed, then social, economic, and illegal crossing issues rampant in the region can be handled. Economic activities with Malaysia could also commence after the completion, and this will surely benefit the residents," the deputy speaker stated.

Esidorus also encouraged residents to make the most of the new international trade opportunity that will be available after work on the border crossing is completed.

Meanwhile, Bengkayang District Head Sebastianus Darwis remains committed to supporting the construction of a border crossing in Jagoi Babang. The district authority has also facilitated the provision of 104 hectares of land in the border area designated for the crossing point, he added.

"The Bengkayang district government is committed to supporting the construction efforts until the planned completion date on July 2022," Darwis stated.

The district head expressed hope that the new border crossing point in Jagoi Babang would drive economic activities in regions surrounding Jagoi Babang, especially Siding and Seluas.

"Access to Sarawak would be easier, as Jagoi, Bengkayang, and Pontianak will be connected and located close to each other. We are optimistic of the residents supporting the construction of the border crossing to be completed on time without any issue," Darwis affirmed.

Earlier, the Bengkayang District's National Land Agency (BPN) confirmed that issues related to the provision of land for constructing the border crossing had been addressed. Currently, the BPN appraisal team is engaged in land observation to appraise the prices of lands and buildings and determine the compensation value for landowners.
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