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This eastern Indonesia city books highest growth in e-money transactions

  • Norman Harsono and Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta/Makassar   /   Fri, October 18, 2019   /  06:54 pm
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Makassar city at night.(Official web of Makassar city/makassarkota.go.id)

At night is when downtown Makassar beams with lights, some of which project upward, painting the sky with colors. Along the coast of famous local attraction Losari Beach, where the scenic 99 Domes Mosque stands tall, street food vendors thrive as they serve hungry customers. Nearby, a mall called Phinisi Point – which got its name from the famous phinisi boats docked along the city’s shore – is occupied by modern food and beverage chains from Japanese shaved ice shop Sumoboo to Italian restaurant Portico. The modern and burgeoning economy in Makassar is largely driven by the services sector and by trade, staying true to its historic roots of being a hub for the spice trade in the pre-colonial and colonial era, and a collecting point for all produce in eastern Indonesia. The difference now, however, is that a lot of transactions today are done electronically. Fr...