Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf), Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, on Monday confirmed that the Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) 2 project has been included in the list of national strategic projects (PSN) for 2024.

He said that the PIK 2 area could become an attractive destination for tourists, open new job opportunities, and stimulate the economy.

"We saw a presentation from PIK 2 colleagues, where more than one thousand hectares were massively developed with a target of 20 million tourist visits and 10 million new jobs," he informed at a press conference in Jakarta on Monday.

"We said that this must be prioritized as a strategic project," he added.

He also described the accessibility of the PIK area as good: it is close to Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng and has stunning tourist attractions, including mangrove tourism, artificial tourist destinations (reclamation), and a culinary center.

"Also a design center. One of the largest mosques will be built there and also a Formula 1 circuit, which in 2019 will be able to invite F1 to Jakarta," he noted.

He also lauded the private sector for working to build their own infrastructure. Meanwhile, he said, the government must be ready to support community needs.

He further expressed the hope that the beach in northern Jakarta will attract tourists, including international tourists.

PT Pantai Indah Kapuk Dua or PIK2 (PANI) is targeting a total investment of Rp40 trillion in the PIK2 area following its induction as a national strategic project (PSN) by the government.

Construction of the area will begin this year and is targeted to be completed in 2060.

"The total investment plan will be facilitated by the private sector and will not be targeted using the APBN/APBD," said PANI corporate secretary Christy Grassela.

Grassela informed that PIK2 is the continuation of a joint venture between Agung Sedayu Group (ASG) and Salim Group (SG) following the successful development of the PIK 1 area and reclaimed islands, namely Golf Island and Ebony, with a total development area of around 1,600 hectares.

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