Bali, 6/11/2018 – Around 10 am in Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, invited guests and participants of the World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) began to fill the Nusa Dua 1, 2 and 3 rooms. In the room, an comprehensive discussion takes place under the name Friends of Creative Economy (FCE). The FCE was officially opened by an Opening Remarks by Febrian A. Ruddyard as Director General for Multilateral Cooperation, Minister of Foreign Affairs and also Vice Chairman of Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (Bekraf), Ricky J. Pesik, who delivered a Keynote Address.

In the Vice Chairman’s keynote, Ricky J. Pesik emphasized the power of creative economy to bring positive change to the worlds community. “The power of the creative economy lies on its inclusiveness. It knows no borders, no gender, no age, no capital or education barrier. It lies solely on the creativity of the human mind and its ability to invent new ideas. Creative economy, therefore, is accessible to all,” Ricky said.

Inclusiveness is the main force of the creative economy that was discussed jointly by FCE participants. FCE itself is a forum for discussion for creative economy players and Pentahelix stakeholders from the Creative Economy, namely academics, entrepreneurs, communities, governments and the media. FCE will combine the various ideas and notion of participants as a declaration entitled “Bali Declaration” which will be proposed to the UN general assembly next year. This makes WCCE a starting point for a positive direction in the development of the world’s creative economy.

“Notable one of the most dynamic economic sectors, the creative economy has proven to provide significant contributions to the nation revenue, jobs creation, and wealth distribution. Due to its growing importance, creative economy has become engines of growth in many countries. ” said Endah Wahyu Sulistianti, Deputy Chairman of Inter-region and Institution Relations.

Ricky J. Pesik also added that the “Creative economy provides more than just economic opportunities. It can serve as a bridge of communication, understanding and trust between countries and cultures in a world which looks increasingly fragmented. ”

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 2,000 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.