Livening up Continuously Papua’s Economic Pulse After PON – Sweat was dripping down the cheeks of Mama Erna, a t-shirt and polo shirt seller in the Sentani area, Jayapura. The hot sun burned that afternoon, when I met her in the midst of his busy life serving buyers on Sunday, October 4, 2021.

“For sales, sometimes it’s crowded and quiet, but every day someone buys it. Since starting PON, a day I can earn 1 million rupiah, “said Mama Erna while wiping the sweat that ran down her cheeks.

For Mama Erna and other sellers, the National Sports Week (PON) XX in 2021 is a blessing. Thousands of people who came to Papua made their wares sell well.

Another story with Mama Sarce Rumbiak selling Noken, areca nut earrings, key chains, headband crowns, koteka, and statues at the Sian Soor tennis venue at the Jayapura Mayor’s Office.

In contrast to Erna’s fate, Mama Sarce can only pocket Rp. 100 thousand to Rp. 200 thousand per day.

“It’s quiet, bro, except on the first day it’s crowded with spectators. But those who buy a little, even now nothing sold until the match is over,” said Mama Sarce Sarce Rumbiak, Friday, October 1, 2021.

Mama Erna and Mama Sarce have been selling for a long time to support their families. Since hearing that Papua would be a host of PON XX, they have only one hope. Many people coming to Papua, can buy the goods they sell.

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At PON Papua, a total of 6,442 athletes accompanied by 3,000 coaches from all over Indonesia came to Papua and spread across four organizing clusters, namely Jayapura City, Jayapura Regency, Mimika, and Merauke. Since mid-September 2021, some athletes have arrived to compete in a number of sports, before the PON was officially opened by President Jokowi on Saturday, October 2, 2021.

But the economic impact in three weeks like this is certainly temporary. This was acknowledged by the Research Director of the Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia, Piter Abdullah.

“There will be an inflow of money and drive productive activities such as the market, both the goods market and the service market. However, everything is only temporary as long as the PON takes place,” said Piter quoting TEMPO Magazine published on Sunday, October 3, 2021.

Piter admitted that the implementation of PON in Papua had a major impact on the economy, although it was only ad hoc or temporary. During the PON takes place, there will be a high turnover of money.

Therefore, for the long-term economic impact, according to Piter, there must be an initiative from the local government so that after the PON, they can take advantage of the infrastructure that has been built. For example, making other sports agendas in the future that can have an economic impact on the Papuan people in the future.

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