Gorontalo (ANTARA News) - Besides Japanese and Malaysian, an Australian investor has also expressed interest in cooperation in the mining sector in Gorontalo province.
Brian, the Australian investor, said here on Wednesday he would like to invest in the mining sector in Gorontalo because the province had a lot of gold deposits which had yet to be exploited.
"If the Gorontalo provincial administration accepts our offer, we will in the near future invest in this sector here," Brian said.
In response to Brian`s statement, Gorontalo Governor Gusnar Ismail said he welcomed the Australian`s offer.
"But we advise the investor first to survey the mining areas in Gorontalo where they intend to invest," the governor said, adding that in administrative matters the local government would help through a coordination with Gorontalo Regional Investment Board.
The governor expressed hope that the intention of the Australian investor to invest in Gorontalo would be realized on condition that it would be in accordance with existing regulations, namely acquiring the permit from the forestry ministry and the energy and mineral resources ministry.
"And the most important thing is that the gold mining activity should not cause environmental pollution," the governor said, adding that he would soon observe a gold mining area with around 1,000 workers in Kotamogabu, North Sulawesi.(*)