The Jakarta Post
To strengthen cooperation with the eastern part of Indonesia, the Australian government opened on Tuesday a consulate general in Makassar, South Sulawesi.
'The consulate general, headed by Richard Mathews, is expected to be able to strengthen relations between residents in Australia and eastern Indonesia, while developing opportunities for business, culture and education,' Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.
South Sulawesi deputy governor Agur Arifin Nu'mang said the opening of the consulate general was expected to widen exports from eastern Indonesia.
'South Sulawesi's current main export destinations are China, South Korea and Singapore and with the presence of consulate general in Makassar, we can expand our market to Australia,' he said.