Jayapura (ANTARA) - The 2023 Numbay Creative Festival in Jayapura city, Papua, is proof of the Papuan people's spirit and enthusiasm in stimulating the province's creative economy sector, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno has said.

"Hence, we hope that this event will boost the creative economy sector's potential and appeal as well as create job opportunities in the sector," he added in his opening remarks at the festival, which were delivered via online means, on Saturday.

In his speech, Minister Uno expressed optimism that the festival would help elevate the living standards of the people in Papua province, especially in its capital, Jayapura city.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Amin Abdullah, director of music, film, and animation at the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, said that Papuan young talents who are members of the Numbay Creative Forum have demonstrated the will to achieve progress and development.

"This is evidenced by the fact that the Numbay Creative Festival managed to penetrate the top 10 position in the 2023 Karisma Event Nusantara," he added.

Abdullah said he believes that the achievement is the result of sustainable collaboration between creative young Papuans, local governments, and local stakeholders.

"This event serves as a good example of how those from the younger generation can collaborate with the government to hold a festival of creativity," he added.

Furthermore, he said that Jayapura genuinely needs such synergy and collaboration to develop the quality of its young talents in the hope of enabling the city's creative industry to compete at the global level.

"This kind of event can also become the best instrument to promote a region by showcasing its potentials, such as tourist destinations, arts and cultural attractions, culinary, and creative products. Such an event can attract visitors," he elaborated.

He added that ideally, the holding of an event must have positive economic, environmental, and sociocultural impacts.

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