Papua PON to boost local economy: Jayapura District Head

Papua PON to boost local economy: Jayapura District Head

Jayapura District Head Mathius Awoitauw lists the economic benefits of Papua PON at an FMB9 Kominfo online discussion, monitored from here on Saturday (July 24, 2021). (ANTARA/HO-Kominfo/FR)

I believe that PON will bring an adequate economic impact, not just in Jayapura, but also in other districts
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Jayapura District Head Mathius Awoitauw has said he believes that the National Sports Week (PON) XX 2021 to be held in Papua Province, will boost the growth of the local economy.

 

"I believe that  PON will bring an adequate economic impact, not just in Jayapura, but also in other districts," he remarked during an FMB9 Kominfo online discussion, monitored from here on Saturday.

 

According to Awoitauw, the provincial government has trained residents around the PON venue in making culinary products and handicrafts, which will be sold during the sports event.

 

In addition, three cruise ships have been prepared to reduce traffic on land during the sports event's opening and closing ceremonies, he informed.

 

The local government has also prepared official drinks, produced by the local industry in Jayapura, not only for PON, but also for the National Paralympic Week (Peparnas), he added.


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"Peparnas is ready to utilize the product, but for PON, we are currently negotiating with the committee so that the event will use local products," Awoitauw informed.

 

He said his administration has also asked indigenous groups to welcome the PON.

 

In addition, the district head announced that the provincial government has recruited more than six thousand people to showcase regional cultural attractions during PON.


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PON XX will be held in Papua from October 2 to October 13, 2021. Athletes from 34 provinces of Indonesia will compete in 37 sports disciplines at the event.

 

The venues for the competition are spread out across four regional clusters -- Jayapura City, Jayapura District, Mimika District, and Merauke District.

 

One of the venues, the Lukas Enembe Stadium in Jayapura District, is one of Indonesia's finest stadiums, he said.

 

The stadium can hold more than 40 thousand spectators and can be used for Olympics class sports events, he added.


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