Bali, 7/11/2018 – Indonesia initiated a global center of excellence for creative economy through the World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) 2018. Indonesia took the initiative with the consideration that creative economy plays a pivotal role in the development of global economy.

“Creative economy contributes significantly to global economy. In 2015, it generated US$ 2,250 billion or around 3% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The industry also employed 1% of the world’s active population,” said Head of the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (Bekraf), Triawan Munaf, at the opening of World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) 2018  in Nusa Dua, Bali, Wednesday (7/11).

Creative Economy is believed to continue to grow and become more inclusive with the support of technological advancements. In line with the development of the world, the national creative economy continues to grow with a contribution of more than 7.4% of Indonesia’s GDP. Around 17 million people work in the creative economy sector or 14% of the total workforce which is dominated by women at 54%.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi emphasized that cooperation is important, especially in creative economy sector. Therefore, the theme “Inclusively Creative” is considered very appropriate because creative economy must not be exclusive and must open up opportunities for everyone.

“Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage has enable us to develop our creative industries, such as fashion, culinary, arts and crafts, as well as entertainment. This has become an anchor for our economy, allowing it to remain strong in the face of economic crisis,” she said.

The World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) is the first international conference to discuss the creative economy. The event held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) on 6-8 November carries the theme Inclusively Creative by raising five main issues, namely social cohesion, regulation, marketing, ecosystems, and financing of the creative industry.

The event is attended by representatives from more than 30 countries and more than 1,500 participants. WCCE 2018 will also formulate 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 that has entered the era of 4.0.

The first ever World Conference on Creative Economy also got the supports form its partners such as Grab – Official Mobile Partner, CNN, Moonton, Shopee, Potato Head Family and as well as the media partners Kompas and


Contact Person :

Mariaman Purba

Head of Law and Communication Bureau

The Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy

T: +62 813 1750 6456




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Mukti Setianto

Directorate of Trade, Commodity and Intellectual Property

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

T: +62 921 1118 8131



Partners: Grab – Official Mobile Platform Partner, CNN, Montoon, Shopee, Potato Head Family, Opini.Id

Media Partner: Kompas and