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New Central Sulawesi deputy governor calls on businesspeople to invest more

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 26, 2019   /   06:14 pm
New Central Sulawesi deputy governor calls on businesspeople to invest more All that is left: A girl sits on the rubble of her home in Palu, Central Sulawesi. Her house collapsed following ground liquefaction after an earthquake hit the city. (The Jakarta Post/Ruslan Sangadji)

Newly inaugurated Central Sulawesi Deputy Governor Rusli Baco Dg Palabbi called on investors on Monday to help develop and accelerate business in the region.

Leaders of 13 regencies and cities in the province were open to investment, especially now that Central Sulawesi was in the process of rebuilding following a string of natural disasters that hit the region, he said.

He urged businesspeople to invest in a number of sectors, including nickel mining, natural gas and plantations.

“Don’t be afraid to [invest] in Central Sulawesi. The recent earthquake was a test for us, but we in the province are still optimistic and keep moving forward,” Rusli said after his inauguration in Jakarta.

A powerful earthquake and subsequent tsunami and soil liquefaction hit some regencies in the province in September last year, claiming 4,340 lives and damaging more than 30,000 buildings.

He went on to say that post-earthquake infrastructure development was ongoing in the province.

Rusli was sworn in by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as the new deputy governor of Central Sulawesi in a ceremony at the State Palace on Monday.

The deputy governor position had previously been left vacant for three years following the death of former deputy governor Sudarto in 2016, kompas.com reported.

The National Mandate Party (PAN) politician was selected by the Central Sulawesi Legislative Council (DPRD) on July 8, defeating Crescent Star Party (PBB) candidate Andi Mansur Pasande. (tru)