Oil palm nursery in West New Britain Province. Pic courtesy of PNG Oil Palm Industry
Yes Bogor (in land area is much smaller than Port Moresby )has its own
challenges of high rates of poverty, housing, unemployment, inaccessibility to basic social services like health,
education. These challenges are caused by the inflow of poor residents of the
surrounding rural areas (PNG’s urban centers faces similar challenges). But there‘s
always respect for everyone and the environment. You can work alone in the
night or even in the Buildings back alleys
or crowded markets without being harassed.
street alley of a Housing estate in Bogor city, Indonesia
Despite a good road network system, Traffic jams are also a problem.
But there is always tolerance when a car, motor scooter or Becak (bicycle cart
for a maximum of two passengers) tries to cross
the traffic. We were also been told that despite the traffic jams, there is no
Overcrowded street pasar ayam (traditional market) in Bogor city, Indonesia
This overcrowded city (much crowded than Port Moresby) depends heavily on the Informal economical sector where there is a huge selling of goods and providing of services on the streets outside public places like hotels and in shopping centers. But there is hardly any rubbish on the streets even though there is also the selling and chewing of betel nuts.
Street kitchen along the street pasar ayam (traditional market) in Bogor city, Indonesia.
And transportation is not a problem where taxis and Becak are always available at a cheap rate.
Fly River Provincial Government border Liaison Officer Richard Aria getting a lift in a Becak in Bogor city, Indonesia.
Land outside of the city are all occupied in agricultural activities like fish farming, cultivation of rice and various vegetables like corn , sweet potatos and the production of livestocks like cows,sheeps with poultry projects like chickens and ducks.
Butcher selling ayan (chicken) pieces at the
street pasar ayam (traditional market) in Bogor city, Indonesia.
Meat (Daging) stalls at the street pasar ayam (traditional market) in Bogor city, Indonesia
live ikan (fish) at the street pasar ayam (traditional market) in Bogor city,
People were friendly with the PNG delegations although communication in Bahasa and English is a problem. But there is always an understanding of each other needs. Whether one wants transport to go to the major shopping centers, or buy fruits at the market or snacks from the street vendors, the residences are always ready to help.
Street kitchen along the street pasar ayam ( traditional market) in Bogor city, Indonesia
And my goodness, the hotels are unbelievably so cheap compared to PNG standard. The six floor Efita Hotel that some of the PNG delegates stayed in was only K70 per night (Rupiahs 278,000). It has free continental breakfast and has all the facilities like a premiere hotel in PNG. In PNG a hotel like that can go for about K200 per night.
Efita hotel is located alongside an overcrowded street pasar aiyam (traditional market) area and it truly provided a home away of home environment to us. Various Fruits and vegetables, poultry, beef, fish (even live fish) are sold here in abundance and at an unbelievable cheaper price. Fish goes for Rupiahs 5,000 (K1.25) per kg, chicken pieces for Rupiahs 30,000 (K7.50) per kg, vegetables Rupiahs 3000 (75 toea) per kg.
Vegetable stalls at the street pasar ayam (traditional market) in Bogor city, Indonesia.
There is also a train station close by where you can get a train ride
train rushing through Bogor to Jakarta
especially Port Moresby (compared to Bogor has smaller population and large
spacious land area )is going through some tough changes like reforming its informal sector like betel nuts sales
banning in public places , re-scoping
its current public transport system and road network.
Commuters rushing through the early morning overcrowded street pasar ayam (traditional market) in Bogor city, Indonesia.
Bogor is a model city where their informal sector, public transport and road network systems can easily be adapted to transform Port Moresby and other major PNG urban centers.
A police man hurrying residences across the rail way intersection before the intercity train rush through near the traditional market in Bogor city, Indonesia
There is no doubt that PNG can still benefit from the city that gave us oil palm.
Indonesian Ambassodor to PNG Andreas Sitepu and PNG Ambassodor to Indonesia Commodore (retired) Peter Ilau belting out hit songs during the official 30th JBC closing dinner at Hotel Salat in Bogor city, Indonesia