Bali, 06/11/2018 – Today began the World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE), at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC). Friends of Creative Economy (FCE), a forum for delegates to discuss and formulate the main challenges and opportunities of the creative economy. The discussion was opened by the Director General of Multilateral Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Febrian A. Ruddyard continued by a keynote speech by the Vice Chairman of Bekraf, Ricky Joseph Pesik.

In his keynote, Ricky appreciated the presence of delegates from various countries and explained the power of the creative economy. “The power of the creative economy lies in its inclusiveness, the creative economy for all” Ricky emphasized. Furthermore, he said that the creative economy knows no boundaries, not limited by gender, age, capital, and even education. The creative economy lies solely in the creativity of the human mind and its ability to create new ideas.” He explained, that this is why this year’s conference take on the theme “Inclusively Creative”.

Not only highlighting creative economic growth, Ricky also mentioned the challenges faced by creative players, such as financing, product development, marketing, which if not handled seriously would prevent creative economic players from developing.

Furthermore Ricky said, β€œan inclusive creative economy also has great potential in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The creative economy can be the answer to many problems in the world, not only economic, but also social challenges, even influencing security at national, regional and global levels.”

The World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) is the first international-level conference on creative economy initiated by Indonesia. The event held on the 6-8 November 2018 at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) is attended by representatives from over 30 countries and more than 1500 participants. It brings the theme Inclusively Creative by raising five main issues, namely social cohesion, regulation, marketing, ecosystems, and financing of the creative industry. The outcome of WCCE will also formulate the Bali Declaration which will be proposed to the UN General Assembly next year. This is expected to further strengthen the ecosystem and support the development of the world’s creative economy, acknowledging that the world has entered a new era.