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Govt to develop 5 economic zones in eastern Indonesia

The government plans to include the development of five Special Economic Zones (KEKs) in eastern Indonesia in its medium-term development plan.

"They are located in Bitung [North Sulawesi], Mandalika [West Nusa Tenggara], Morotai [North Maluku], Palu [Central Sulawesi] and West Papua," National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) head Armida S. Alisjahbana said in Manado, North Sulawesi, on Tuesday as quoted by Antara news agency.

Armida said the government would focus mineral, agriculture, manufacturing and shipping activities in Palu."Meanwhile, in Bitung, we plan to establish agriculture, fishery and shipping industries," she said.

The government also intends to develop tourist attractions in Mandalika and Morotai Islands to attract more travelers to the country.

In Morotai, Armida said, fishery and shipping sectors would be developed as well. West Papua will have its petrochemical and mining industries developed in the next five to 10 years, she added.

"The development of these new economic centers should be supported by maximal use of their natural resources potentials and accelerated development of infrastructure, such as ports, airports, roads and telecommunication," Armida said.

She added human resources and technology would be crucial in accelerating the development of the five economic zones.

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