A TASKFORCE has been established to monitor the business activities of migrants in Papua New Guinea after prime minister Peter O’Neill said the nation had experienced an influx of illegal activity.

Illegal migration into PNG had been occurring due to weak borders, Mr O’Neill said, adding that these migrants were now conducting businesses illegally in jobs that were reserved for PNG nationals.

The prime minister said an inter-government team to be led by the Foreign Affairs Department had been established to visit all provinces throughout the country to check on illegal migrants conducting businesses and also foreigners conducting businesses reserved for the nationals.

He said the exercise was a cleanup process and may take appropriate actions on who have not followed the laws.

“We are promoting big investment in the country and not allowing foreigners to take over jobs and businesses for our people,” Mr O’Neill said.

The announcement came as PNG was building its image in the international community, with more people visiting the country and with global markets opening up in the European Union and China.