Makassar, South Sulawesi (ANTARA News) - Some 28 entrepreneurs from South Korea had a talk with South Sulawesi`s authority about cooperation in trade sector, South Sulawesi Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo, stated here on Thursday.
The governor expressed his appreciation for South Korea`s interest in exploring the trade cooperation saying that his side always opened for any investment proposal coming from South Korea`s entrepreneurs.
Syahrul explained only 12-15 percent of local natural resources had been managed by private industries, and only some 80 percent of South Sulawesi`s top commodities such as chocolate and seaweed were industrialized.
Therefore, a chance for new investment was still wide-opened in South Sulawesi, the governor said.
The governor also guaranteed the availability of support from his side along with sufficient facilities for South Korean entrepreneur willing to invest in South Sulawesi. However, he added, the cooperation must be mutually beneficial.
The 28 South Korean entrepreneur visiting South Sulawesi are member of South Korea`s Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Some of them are engaged in several business sectors such as telecommunication, mining and industry.
Earlier, on August 6, 2009, Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo commissioned two bio-ethanol material processing plants set up by a South Korean company in two districts in the province.
The two plants, technically called Integrated Post-harvest Processing Unit (IPPU), were built over the past two years by South Korea-owned PT EN3 (Environment, Energy, Engineering) Green Energy in Gowa and Takalar districts.
The plant in Gowa district has a production capacity of 25,000 chips and the one in Takalar 75,000 chips per year. The vegetable materials were being cultivated on a total of 7.5 hectares of attached plantations, grown by local farmers and bought from local suppliers.(*)