Jayapura (ANTARA) - Acting Mayor of Jayapura City Frans Pekey stated that the holding of the 43rd Association Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit will stimulate economic growth in Indonesia, including its Papua region.

Pekey elaborated that the international-level event will surely be held to discuss various regional policies that can provide benefits to the bloc members' diplomatic, social, and also economic relations.

"I believe that this (summit) will encourage strengthened economic growth by taking into account developments of the tourism sector, businesses, as well as micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs)," he stated in Jayapura on Saturday.

Pekey then expressed optimism over the ASEAN Summit delegates formulating intergovernmental policies that can further strengthen their trade relations, which, in turn, will potentially boost the people's economy.

This year, Indonesia is holding the chairmanship of the ASEAN and has adopted the theme of "ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth" to reflect its goal of making ASEAN important and relevant as a global growth center.

At the 42nd ASEAN Summit held on May 9-11 in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, the bloc's leaders produced several important documents, including the Declaration on Advancing Regional Payment Connectivity and Promoting Local Currency Transactions.

"Hopefully, the 43rd ASEAN Summit, which will take place in Jakarta on September 5-7, will result in policies that provide positive impacts to economic growth, elevating Indonesian people's living standard, including those living in Papua," he noted.

Furthermore, Pekey expressed belief that the central government will take follow-up actions to the expected policies formulated at the summit by paying close attention both to efforts to bolster domestic production and exports to ASEAN markets.

He further noted that the government can help domestic MSME players by opening broader export opportunities to ASEAN markets, thereby enabling them to promote their products to other Southeast Asian nations.

"We also hope that Papuan MSMEs, especially in Jayapura City, will invest great efforts to produce high-quality products that can compete with those from other regions in Indonesia," he remarked.

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Translator: Ardiles Leloltery, Tegar Nurfitra
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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