"Such an amount of funds is proposed to the central government to support the construction of various infrastructures on Komodo island as the final destination of Sail Komodo participants," NTT Regional Development Planning Board spokesman Wayan Darmawan said here on Thursday.
According to him, the funds would be used for the expansion of airport, tourist harbor, as well as other tourist facilities on Komodo island.
"There is also financial support from NTT regional budget but the amount is not significant enough," Wayan Darmawan said, adding that all district and city governments in the province were also asked to allocate Rp100 billion from 2012 revised regional budget and Rp125 billion from 2013 regional budget.
He expressed hope that all relevant ministries such as the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Public Works, and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries will support the success of this international marine event this year in East Nusa Tenggara.
"The success of Sail Komodo 2013 will depend on the readiness all related ministries to do their basic tasks and functions to support the event," Wayan Darmawan noted.
He added that all district and city governments in East Nusa Tenggara are making various preparations for the international marine event of Sail Komodo, which is expected to give positive impact on economic development in the province.