Bali, 6/11/2018 – Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf), National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), British Council (BC) Indonesia, and President of Coworking Indonesia come together to discuss the creative economic ecosystem as well as the role of institutions in increasing the number of creative economic actors in the Kintamani Room, Nusa Dua, Bali. These policy makers also discussed the Sustainable Development Goals in this dialogue. Passion Low’s position from the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network became a moderator at the event which was attended by 100 participants.

Bekraf and Bappenas represent the government explaining the social impact of the development of the national creative economy. Bekraf’s Deputy Chairman for Access to Capital, Fadjar Hutomo gave an example on social impact of one program, namely IKKON (Innovative and Creative through Nusantara Collaboration). Bekraf facilitates designers, anthropologists, and videographers to live in certain areas to collaborate with indigenous people to increase the value add of products in the area. This program has been successfully running in 15 cities.

Director for Bappenas Multilateral Funding, Raden Siliwanti exemplified the Micro Hydro Power Plant (PLTMH) in Jambi which received support from private companies, CSR, and zakat. According to Raden, Bappenas saw the potential of the community to support each other the creative economic ecosystem.

The Director of the British Council, Paul Smith added that creative economy is the best asset because the creative economy has a unique nature and is based on an idea, imagination, and human creativity. The diversity of Indonesian people originating from various islands in Indonesia is inclusive creativity regardless of age, gender and geography.

“Creative Economy is not what we can take, what we can make, what we can do. The creative economy is who we are, “Paul said.

President of Coworking Indonesia, Faye Alune explained that coworking space helped improve the national creative economy ecosystem. The increase in the number of coworking spaces in Indonesia supports startups (startups) to connect with other startups and investors, improve the network, while encouraging scaling up.

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. (mm)