Subject: AN: Jakarta Rejects W Timor Proposal to Import Duty-Free Cars from
JAKARTA REJECTS E NUSA TENGGARA'S PROPOSAL TO IMPORT DUTY-FREE CARS FROM E TIMOR
July 2, 2004 10:24pm
Kupang, E Nusa Tenggara, July 2 (ANTARA) - Jakarta has rejected a proposal made by the administration of Belu district, East Nusa Tenggara province to import duty-free cars from East Timor.
"We have thoroughly assessed the proposal and presented it to the central government, which rejected it due to technical considerations," head of the provincial industry and trade office, Supartantyo, said on Friday.
He however did not elaborate on the "technical considerations".
He said the proposal to import duty-free cars has not been tabled only by East Nusa Tenggara but by other provinces as well, but all have been rejected by the central government.
"Papua has been given a special permit to import duty-free cars, but it was given by the previous government without consideration. There were other considerations," he added.
Supartantyo said what the central government should do is to make the western part of East Nusa Tenggara an industrial area like Batam Island in Riau province.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)
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