Coordinating Minister for Culture and Human Resource Development Puan Maharani; Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs; Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti; Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara; Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister; Cooperatives and SMEs Minister; Industry Minister; State Apparatus Development and Bureaucratic Reform Minister; Youth and Sports Minister; Central Sulawesi Governor Longki Djanggola; Gorontalo Sulawesi Governor Rusli Habibie; Parigi Moutong District Head Samsurizal Tombolotutu; and Boalemo District Head Rum Pagau jointly launched the events.
The ceremony was attended by some one thousand guests including National Police Chief General Badrodin Haiti, legislators, and foreign diplomats.
On the occasion, Minister Maharani, Minister Pudjiastuti, and Minister Rudiantara also launched the Sail Tomini 2015 website: www.sailtomini2015.com and signed the first-day covers of Sail Tomini and Boalemo Festival stamps.
Maharani was optimistic that the events would help to promote tourism in the two provinces and improve the welfare of the local people.
"Sail Tomini should not become a mere ceremony. We must ensure that this event can be beneficial by improving public welfare and boosting economic progress in the regions and the nation," he affirmed.
Minister Pudjiastuti expressed hope that the events would promote tourism and investment in Central Sulawesi and Gorontalo.
The peak event of Sail Tomini 2015 will be held in Perigi Moutong District, some 75 kilometers west of Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi, on September 19, 2015.
President Joko Widodo is scheduled to attend Sail Tominis peak event.
Boalemo Festival will be held in Tiramita, Gorontalo Province, on September 10, 2015.
The agenda of Sail Tomini encompasses 24 activities such as a yacht rally, a maritime research expedition, a warship parade, exhibitions, and scientific seminars.
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