Jayapura, Jubi – The Malaysian government expressed their desire to invest in the trade, tourism, and education sectors in Papua. This was conveyed by Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia Adlan Mohd Shaffieq during a meeting with the Papua Provincial Government.
"Currently there are six Malaysian companies in Papua engaged in the palm oil business. We want to see other opportunities such as in fisheries, agriculture, and others," Adlan said in Jayapura City on Monday, October 10, 2022.
Adlan said that the Malaysian Embassy was a facilitator for Malaysian companies to invest in Papua. The Cenderawasih Earth is considered to have great potential to develop the natural tourism sector and attract Malaysian tourists to travel to Papua.
"This is my first time in Papua and the natural attractions are extraordinary. The media portrays a lot of negative information about Papua but after coming here myself, it turns out that it is not all true," he said.
Acting Assistant General Affairs of the Papua Provincial Government Derek Hegemur hoped that the Malaysian Government could encourage investment in the fisheries or education sectors in Papua. He also wants Malaysian entrepreneurs to work on Papua's potential in other fields.
Therefore, Hagemur said he wanted to build cooperation with the Malaysian Government. Hopefully, such cooperation could encourage Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Papua to grow.
"Papua has a number of commodities such as coffee, cocoa and wood. We can develop all of them through cooperation. The cooperation will benefit both parties and strengthen the relationship between Papua and Malaysia," he said. (*)