Jakarta (ANTARA News) - China has been reported to become interested in making an investment in ports in Papua.

"On January 5, 2011, a Chinese representative mission will meet the Papua administration in Jayapura," Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi told the press prior to an economic evaluation meeting at the economic coordinating ministry here on Monday.

Freddy said China was interested in port projects in Papua and West Papua.

He said the meeting discussed Chinese investment opportunities in Papua and West Papua. Besides the Papua governor will also brief the Chinese mission on the potentials in Papua.

Freddy said cooperation with China is covered by a government`s plan to promote public private partnership (PPP).

Freddy said the meeting will be attended by nine companies to witness the potentials in Papua.

Besides companies having to do with ports, he added, those engaged in cement and mining had also become interested in the meeting. He said China was also interested in developing airports there. "The airports in Manokwari, Jayapura, Sorong, and Biak will be revived like in Mimika," he said.

He added that Papua will have new ports in Jayapura, Sorong and Biak. "The three areas are being prepared to have new international ports," he said.

He did not mention in detail the areas being prepared for the ports, but they will be large-capacity ports, because they will also accommodate containers.

Right now, he said, the construction of basic infrastructure has already started. He said the coastal area will be reclaimed with funds from the State Budget.

"And we was hoping China would take part in the development of the region," he said.(*)

Editor: Jafar M Sidik
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