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Palu could be the premier SEZ for east Indonesia, or not?

  • Will Hickey
    Will Hickey

    ASEAN scholar at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

Canton, China   /   Tue, November 7, 2017   /  10:31 am
Palu could be the premier SEZ for east Indonesia, or not? Panulele Bridge is a landmark icon of the city of Palu, Central Sulawesi. (Shutterstock.com/reinkadesign )

Palu, a medium-sized city in Central Sulawesi with a progressive minded mayor is seeking to reinvent itself as opportune choice for investment in Indonesia on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s “maritime road” by way of its Special Economic Zone (SEZ). This SEZ is also a critical juncture test for developing Eastern Indonesia, namely Sulawesi, Maluku, Kalimantan and Papua. These are all provinces sorely in need of human development and investment past the raw commodity processing trades of coal, oil and CPO. Having previously worked on both the Chinese Tianjin and Pudong SEZ’s in the late 1990s, the Chinese model of endogeneity looms large here for opportunity and in avoiding past mistakes. The Palu project offers some 1,500 hectares of land positioned on a deep water port that reaches up to 50 meters deep, enough to accommodate oil tankers and ...

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