Manado, N Sulawesi (ANTARA News) - Vice President Boediono said North Sulawesi province was now in the fast track of development in line with its increasing annual economic growth.
"North Sulawesi has made significant achievements in development in line with its geographic excellence and natural resource potentials," the vice president said when attending a Christmas service here on Monday.
He said that North Sulawesi`s economic growth had always been above the average national economic growth rate where in 2004 this province only recorded a growth of 4.9 percent but in 2009 it had reached 8.7 percent.
"North Sulawesi should maintain its economic growth so that it would generate and maintain the pace of its development and improve the people`s welfare," Boediono said.
In the meantime, North Sulawesi Governor Sarundajang said 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.