2022 will be a year of revival.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno has called for the implementation of a series of pre-events involving micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) ahead of the 2022 Jakarta Formula E race.

"Similar to the implementation of the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, we should not just prepare the main event, but also pre-events through an electrical motor show involving MSMEs," he said while visiting Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, here on Saturday.

Ancol was designated as the venue for the electric car racing event scheduled on June 4, 2022, after an assessment by Formula E Operations (FEO) representing the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), he noted.

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The area was chosen since it is one of the iconic sites in Jakarta and the location of the circuit will not disturb public activities and traffic flow, he explained.

As an automotive sports and tourism event, the race must highlight Indonesia’s tourism potential, the minister said.

He further said he believed that holding pre-events before the race, in collaboration with the Indonesian Motor Association (IMI), would help drive economic activity and create many jobs.

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Several activities taking place in 2022 can help recover the national economy and tourism sector, in accordance with the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry’s agenda: The Year of Awakening, he added.

“2022 will be a year of revival. We must unite to move fast and move together,” he remarked.

Meanwhile, urban planning and environmental observer Nirwono Joga said that the establishment of a Formula E circuit can be a pilot project for low-pollution areas.

The racing event can serve as a campaign for the use of electric vehicles to reduce carbon emission levels in Jakarta, he added.

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Translator: Asep Firmansyah, Uyu Liman
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