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Jakarta Post

Indonesia's eastern provinces lead engagement with Pacific island nations

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Auckland, New Zealand   /   Sun, July 14, 2019   /  04:09 pm
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Djitron Koriyon Pah (center) showcases the sasando, a musical instrument native to his hometown on Rote Island in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), to visitors of the Pacific Exposition event in Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday. Indonesia organized the Pacific Exposition as part of its commitment to engage with Pacific nations through trade and investment.(JP/Dian Septiari)

Geographical and cultural proximity play an important role in engaging Pacific island nations but the Indonesian government still needs to show commitment in delivering its promise to develop the region, leaders from the country's eastern provinces have said. Indonesia invited representatives from local administrations in five eastern provinces with a mostly Melanesian population -- Papua, West Papua, Maluku, North Maluku and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) -- to take part in the Pacific Exposition event in Auckland, New Zealand over the weekend. The gathering, which ended Sunday, aims to boost engagement with other Pacific island nations through trade and investment opportunities. Some provinces had set up their own booths to showcase their cultural heritage. The NTT booth, for instance, provided instruction on the sasando -- a harp-like musical instrument made out of palm le...