Bali, 6/11/2018 – Jailolo is a sub-district in West Halmahera, North Maluku, Indonesia. In the Friends of Creative Economy (FCE) event held at the Nusa Dua Bali Convention Center today Jailolo received a special attention from the participants through a documentary video which was aired in the the discussion led by Endah Wahyu Sulistianti as the Deputy Chairman of Inter-Agency and Regional Relations. Jailolo is an example of an area that has developed because of its creative economy.

In the past, traditional dances in Jailolo was only allowed to be danced by men. But over time, female empowerment emerge and the dance that had only been limited to men opened for women. This gave birth to a new culture that became an attraction for tourists to come to Jailolo. With the existence of dance as a performance arts which became one of the sectors of the creative economy, a small area in North Maluku begin to develop its infrastructures to support the rising tourism.

In her speech, Endah said that a creative economy can indeed contribute to the development of a region. “As one of the most dynamic economic sectors, the creative economy has proven to provide significant contributions to the nations revenue, jobs creation, and wealth distribution. “Due to its growing importance, the creative economy has become engines of growth in many Countries,” said Endah.

In line with Endah, Marisa Henderson as the Chief of the Creative Economy Program of UNCTAD responded that the story of Jailolo is a concrete example as a developed region due to the creative economy. “The video we see is a small city in the village. It talks about how creative economy can have a foster and give impact to social cohesion, “Marisa said.

“The member of FCE should be a policy maker, private sector, international organization, academics, media, innovators and keys for stakeholders for the creative economy.”  Said Endah Wahyu Sulistianti.

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.(JNS)