The event promotes trade and also potential
sectors to invest in within Gorontalo, and emphasizes business matching
sessions between the Middle East Business Delegations of investors and traders,
and Gorontalo businessmen.
As many as 27 Middle Eastern businessmen from
Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Saudi Arabia,Iraq, Yemen and Syria are to attend the
forum, and will be offered opportunities to invest in potential sectors, such
as energy, trade, infrastructure, industry, agribusiness, fisheries, and
program ( IMEU 2016 )was a Karawo Fashion Show 2016 Design Competition , Karawo
is the name for Gorontalo’s traditional embroidery. Local demand for this cloth
is very high. Orders mostly come for women’s matching suit and skirt outfits,
for men’s shirts, and for tablecloths and napkins. Women’s fabrics detail
vibrant floral patterns and colors. For men, geometric shield designs and
pastels traditionally dominate for men.
That was until recently. Gorontalo’s
provincial government seeks to develop local designers for the international
market. Hence, that is the driving force behind Karawo Fashion Show 2016
As part of the annual festival,
Karawo Fashion Show 2016 included a design competition. Categories included
casual wear, office wear, and evening wear. Also, women’s Muslim wear was
another category. This is in keeping
with the culture of the area. Most designs were for women. A few were for men ,
The Karawo Fashion Show 2016 featured models parading on the catwalk. Audience
members came from all over the world. This included observers from Egypt to
In the trade and industrial sector, the local
government will offer them a wide range of commodities from the fisheries,
agricultural, plantation, forestry and animal husbandry sectors.
Among the tourist sites they can participate in
developing are Saronde island, Olele marine park and Pentadio resort, according
to secretary of the Gorontalo provincial government, Winarni Monoarfa.
Saronde is a small uninhabited island that relies
on the potential of natural and cultural charm.
Located in the northern gulf of Kwandang, the
beautiful Saronde island became widely known for being able to captivate the
hearts of domestic and foreign tourists.
The waters around the Saronde island are known for
being crystal clear and offer a variety of water activities, such as swimming,
surfing, diving, snorkeling, and water skiing.
Besides their natural beauty, communities around
the island of Saronde are also known to possess a unique tradition, displayed
during their annual event called the Saronde Festival.
Besides Saronde island, Olele marine park is
better known as Gorontalos hidden paradise and one of the special tourism
locations in the province.
Foreign Affairs Ministrys Expert Staff Ridwan
Yasin has suggested that Gorontalo could also be developed into a halal tourism
center in Indonesia.
"By developing halal tourism in Gorontalo,
the region wants to be known as the "Veranda of Medina" because the
majority of the population in the province is Muslim," Ridwan said, on the
sidelines of the Indonesia Middle East Update 2016.
Gorontalo province is focusing on developing the
potential of its tourism sector, which is considered to be one of the worlds
fastest-growing sectors and an important source of foreign exchange and
Sustainable tourism functions as an important
driver for achieving sustainable economic growth and creating jobs. Its rapid
expansion is believed to provide viable opportunities for sustainable
development, including poverty reduction.
In light of this, the Gorontalo city and
provincial administrations are making every effort to optimally develop the
The provincial capital of Gorontalo city, which
shares the same name as Gorontalo province, has as extensive coastline and
panoramic mountains and valleys, with magnificent scenery.
Unable to single-handedly manage the tourism
sector, the Gorontalo City Council plans to encourage private parties to play a
greater role in developing it.
"Gorontalo has numerous tourism attractions
that have to be managed optimally by involving private parties and
investors," the City Councils Deputy Chairman, Erman Lajengke, said in
Some of Gorontalo citys tourism attractions
include the Otanaha Fort, the sacred graveyard of Ju Panggola from the 14th
century, the Potanga Pool, Pentadio Resort, Olele beach and its sea garden, and
The Otanaha fort was used by the Gorontalo kings
as a place of protection and defense.
"The panoramic views of Lake Limboto can also
be seen from the top of the fort," he said, adding that the fort is
located approximately 8 kilometers from the Gorontalo city center.
Erman noted that the Potanga pool, situated about
4 kilometers from downtown Gorontalo, has natural cool and fresh water coming
from a mountain spring.
According to Erman, tourist attractions in
Gorontalo should be managed properly to attract more domestic and foreign
Some of the tourist attractions that had earlier
been the mainstay of Gorontalo city, in terms of income, were now neglected and
no longer of interest to visitors.
"Therefore, it is time for private parties
and investors to play their role in drawing more tourists," he remarked.
Meanwhile, Gorontalo Governor Rusli Habibie has
stated that the local tourism office will continue to manage and develop the
tourism sector more comprehensively.
"We have tourism potentials that can be
marketed at both the national and international level, and therefore we will
continue to develop it more comprehensively," Rusli noted.
Gorontalo is a newly developed province, and the
governor is keen to develop tourism to boost local revenues.
Gorontalo province, with its mountainous panorama
that provides magnificent scenic views, was established in December 2000 after
it seceded from North Sulawesi province.
Written by :
Sahel Habshi Abofotaim