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Jakarta Post

Islands in focus: Australia opens consulate general in Makassar

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Makassar   /   Wed, March 23, 2016   /  07:12 am

To strengthen cooperation with the eastern part of Indonesia, the Australian government opened on Tuesday a consulate general in Makassar, South Sulawesi.

'€œThe 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.

'€œSouth 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.