Four SOEs Eyeing Businesses in New Guinea

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  • Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono menerima kunjungan Perdana Menteri Papua Nugini, Peter Charles Paire O'Neill di Istana Negara, Jakarta, (17/6). TEMPO/Subekti

    Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono menerima kunjungan Perdana Menteri Papua Nugini, Peter Charles Paire O'Neill di Istana Negara, Jakarta, (17/6). TEMPO/Subekti

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Four state-owned enterprises are seeking to cooperate with the government of Papua New Guinea. The SOEs are telecommunications company Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), aviation company Garuda Indonesia, power company PLN and oil and gas company Pertamina.

    "[The plan is] not concrete yet," said SOE Minister Dahlan Iskan said in Jakarta, Tuesday, June 18. "We have sent delegations to New Guinea but it is not detailed yet. It's only a meeting with the Prime Minister."

    Papua New Guinea, the minister said, has promising economic outlooks. "The economy there grew by nine percent," he said.

    Dahlan said that Garuda is exploring to tap into New Guinea's aviation industry while PLN will supply electricity to the country. As for Pertamina, the company wishes to expand in the petrochemicals sector. "They are still looking at which prospects they can tap into," he said.

    The governments of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea signed a memorandum of understanding on the extradition treaty between the two countries at the Presidential Palace on Monday. The MOU is part of 11 MOUs discussed during the visit of Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

    "We have also agreed to cooperate in the fields of law; so that the two countries could enforce their respective laws. Therefore, cooperation in the field of extradition becomes crucial," said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during a press conference after the signing of the MOU.

    ANANDA PUTRI