Creative Economy contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is increasing exponentially. This was stated by the Head of the Indonesian Agency of Creative Economy (Bekraf), Triawan Munaf, during a presentation at a press conference of the “4 Years of Joko Widodo – Jusuf Kalla Administration Report” entitled ‘Building Indonesians towards a Developed Nation’ organized by Forum Merdeka Barat (FMB) 9 in the Building III Hall at the Ministry of State Secretariat on Tuesday (23/10/2018). Also present at this occasion were Presidential Chief of Staff, Moeldoko; Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Darmin Nasution, Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani, Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto; Minister of Trade, Enggartiasto Lukita; Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya; Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti; and Minister of Public Works and Public Housing, Basuki Hadimuldjono.

“In terms of value, the Creative Economy GDP in 2016 has reached Rp 922.59 trillion and is projected to exceed Rp 1,000 trillion in 2017 and increasing to reach Rp 1,102 trillion in 2018,” Triawan said.

Furthermore, Triawan said that creative economy is increasingly in demand and has promising potential. In 2016, the contribution of Creative Economy to the national economy amounted to 7.44 percent and is projected to grow continually. Three creative economic sub-sectors with the highest revenue in 2016 were Culinary (41.69%), Fashion (18.15%), and Crafts (15.70%), while the sub-sectors with the highest growth were TV & Radio (10.33%), Film, Animation & Video (10.09%), and Performing Arts (9.54%). Also, in the same year, the total number of businesses engaged in Creative Economy reached 8,203,826.

The export value of Indonesia’s creative economy has reached US $ 20 billion, or 13.77% of Indonesia’s total exports in 2016. It increased by 3.23% from 2015 where the exports amounted at US $ 19.3 billion in value. Specifically, three sub-sectors contributing to the highest exports during this period are Fashion, Craft and Culinary. Triawan explained that Creative Economy is a new economic model based on thoughts and ideas, which will become the backbone of Indonesia in the future. “Indonesia, with such a rich diversity and cultural heritage, want to be a leader in the world; at least in formulating understanding between countries,” Triawan continued, soon on November 6 – 8, 2018, Bekraf will hold the first and largest creative economy-related conference in the world called “the World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE)”.

“Through WCCE, Bekraf wants to convey that Creative Economy is for everyone, not limited to age, social class, country, ethnicity, religion, and so on.” Triawan explained.

Several prominent speakers will speak at the World Conference on Creative Economy 2018 includes Bolanle Austin Peters (Nigeria), Le Kexi (China), Felipe Buitrago Restrepo (Colombia), Mileva Stupar (France), and Troels Seidenfaden (Denmark). (Kris/Made)