When we talk about development in eastern part of Indonesia, we only name Makassar, the capital city of South Sulawesi, as the beacon of it, and overlook other cities. I completely agree, Makassar is the largest and the most developed city in East Indonesia, however, the fastest growing city in the east is not Makassar, it’s Manado, the capital city of North Sulawesi Province.
North Sulawesi province is now in the fast track of development in line with its increasing annual economic growth. It has made significant achievements in development in line with its geographic excellence and natural resource potentials. North Sulawesi`s economic growth had always been above the average national economic growth rate where in 2004 this province oanly recorded a growth of 4.9 percent but in 2009 it had reached 8.7 percent. In the meantime, the progress made by North Sulawesi in development was inseparable from the role of the Central Government, including its success in organizing the World Ocean Conference (WOC) and Coral Trianggle Initiative (CTI) in May 2009.
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