13 July 2017
Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson visited Manado, North Sulawesi this week to meet business and political leaders and discuss tourism promotion.
Ambassador Grigson met with North Sulawesi Governor Dr Olly Dondokambey to discuss how Manado could explore its potential for increased investment in port services and the tourism special economic zone.
During a meeting with the Mayor of Manado, Godbless Sofcar Vicky Lumentut, the two men discussed the city’s infrastructure and water sanitation needs and opportunities for further collaboration.
Ambassador Grigson also visited Sam Ratulangi University and met Rector Professor Dr Ir Ellen J. Kumaat and students, and later called on local tourism authorities and operators to discuss opportunities to increase visits between both countries.
The Ambassador also visited the oldest church in Manado and a World War II monument, two iconic landmarks in Sulawesi.
A reception for Australian alumni brought together the many graduates of Australian schools and universities, underlining the great community links between Australia and North Sulawesi.
“The alumni are a great example of the strong and deep personal connections between our two countries. I am proud to see so many of the most successful positions in business and government are held by people who have studied in Australia,” Ambassador Grigson said.
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