President Jokowi: Indonesia Will Take Leading Role in Building Creative Economy Ecosystem
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Thursday (10/06) officially opened the 3rd World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) held at the Bali International Convention Center (BICC), Nusa Dua, Bali.
On that occasion, the President declared his commitment to building an inclusive creative economy ecosystem.
“Indonesia will take a leading role in building an inclusive creative economy ecosystem, encouraging a greater role of creative economy in global economic recovery,” the President said.
The President went on to say that the creative economy sector can serve as a solution to improve the living standards of community in a broad and sustainable manner since the sector is able to break geographical boundaries, gender, race, and economic status.
“Creative economy is expected to be the main pillar of improved inclusive economic growth,” he said, adding that creative works remained dynamic when the whole world restricted human physical mobility due to the pandemic.
“Creative economy sector is more resilient than most other sectors. Several subsectors even grew significantly with increasing content consumption during the pandemic, including several apps, game developers, television, and radio,” he said.
The Head of State also pointed out that the sector must be constantly developed since it would become the backbone of the country’s future economy.
“As the sector gets stronger, I believe creative economy in Indonesia and in many other countries will serve as the backbone of the economy in the future and be considered as an inclusive economic force. The sector’s development must continue to be encouraged to become a futuristic sector, to grow faster, bigger, and more advanced,” he added.
The President also expressed belief that innovation and creativity will help improve the progress of a nation’s civilization supported by a healthy and productive innovation climate, as well as adaptive policies.
“I hope the 3rd WCCE will produce the Bali Creative Economy Roadmap for Global Recovery to accelerate an inclusive and sustainable national and global economic recovery process,” he stated.
In the meantime, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno said that the WCCE is an international creative economy forum that has been implemented since 2018.
“Initiated by Indonesia in 2018, the event now becomes an international event discussing creative economy as the backbone of global economy which creates many jobs,” the Minister said.
The first WCCE took place in Bali in 2018, while the second WCCE in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2021, and the third held again in Bali.
“The Pentahelix and cross-stakeholders are present for a faster recovery and a stronger revival from the creative economy side. We are so proud because the event is attended by more than 500 participants from all over the world,” Sandi said.
On that occasion, the Minister also expressed hope that the WCCE, which is a side event in a series of meetings in Indonesia’s G20 presidency, will trigger the momentum for the recovery of the creative economy sector affected by the pandemic and trigger an inclusive creative economy, including opening up quality jobs and employment opportunities for the entire world community.
“Hopefully, Indonesia can become a leader that brings a spirit of change and leads to achieving improved creative economy development. Under the President’s leadership, we believe Indonesia is capable enough. I also believe that the target of achieving 4.4 million new jobs in the tourism and creative economy sectors in 2024 can be achieved,” he said.
Discussions and deliberation at the 3rd WCCE are carried out under four interrelated subthemes, including Creative Economy for Global Recovery, IP and Rights of Creative Economy Stakeholders, Inclusivity and SDGs Agenda, and the Future of Creative Economy. (DND/MAY/JW/UN) (RIF/EP)