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Freeport Tax Payment Needed to Support National Games in Papua

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Jayapura, Jubi – The 22nd National Sports Week to be hosted by Papua in 2020 will require massive funding, including from intensified tax revenue collection and regional incomes.

One such important source of tax revenue is Freeport, said the Chairman of Hanura Fraction of the Papua Legislative Council who also the Chairman of Special Committee on Freeport Case, Yan Permenas Mandenas.

Mandenas said the local government would possibly apply intensified regional tax collection in order to support this event.

“We think the intensified of Freeport taxes is the important case to support the implementation of the sports event, particular the water surface taxes,” said Permenas on few days ago.

According to him, the capacity of regional fiscal is not able to support Papua in making preparation as the host of event. Therefore, both Papua Provincial Government and Papua Legislative Council considered finding the existing budget resources to support this preparation.

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“Therefore, starting from now it is necessary to improve the budget intensity or tax revenue from the mining sector, in particular Freeport, it can be very helpful. We do not want to only relying on the National and Regional Budgets, but also the Regional Income (PAD),” he said.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of Commission V of Papua Legislative Council for Sports Affairs, Nason Uti, said Papua needs about IDR 10 trillion and 360 million to construct and renovate the sports venue. “We keep trying to propose the budget assistance to the Central Government, whether through related commission at the Indonesian House of Representatives and related ministries as well,” said Uti.

According to him, Freeport has covered the amounted IDR 300 billion in provision of Mimika Sport Center. This location would become a sport venue during the National Sports Week in Papua. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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