Bekraf, Nusa Dua – The Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (Bekraf) in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday – Tuesday (2-3/9/2019) once again hold the Friends of Creative Economy (FCE) in Nusa Dua, Bali.

This event seeks to discuss policy directions, inventory of ideas, resolving of problems in creative economy, as well as strategies to develop global creative economy.

“We would like to invite all countries to collaborate with Indonesia in promoting creative economy through World Conference on Creative Economy,” said Vice-Chairman of Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy Ricky Joseph Pesik during the opening of FCE.

FCE is a multi-stakeholder forum that involves academicians, businessmen, the government, communities, and media (pentahelix) from various countries. This annual event raises various issues and the development of creative economy aimed at promoting international collaboration in creative economy in a more inclusive manner.

In line with the goal of WCCE, Indonesian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs AM Fachir underlined the importance of raising awareness about creative economy at the global level.

“The government plays a pivotal role in mainstreaming the issue to the international forum, among others through collaboration with several related UN bodies, as well as by proposing a draft of resolution on creative economy at the UN forums,” he said.

The event, which was attended by 200 delegates from 37 countries and international organizations, adopts the theme “Reviving the Implementation of Bali Agenda.”  Bali Agenda for Creative Economy is the follow-up of the World Conference on Creative Economy 2018 on 6-8 November 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali.

The Bali Agenda contains 21 road maps for countries to advance their creative economy and to mainstream the issue of creative economy at the global level.

This two-day forum also discussed the topics of Collaboration and Collective Behaviors of FCE, Enabling Ecosystem Development, and Celebration, Promotion, and Enablement of SDs, Cultural Heritage and Diversity.

The result of the FCE 2019 is expected to serve as the material guideline for the convening of the second WCCE in 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

THE FCE 2019 presents a number of high-ranking officials, among others Chairman of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Thomas Lembong, Manager for Arts, Culture and Heritage Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation Khulood Khaldoon Al Atiyar, Head of Innovative Financing Lab of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) M. Didi Haridiana, Chief of Creative Economy Programme of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Dr. Marisa Henderson; Executive Director of Creative Economy Agency (CEA) of Thailand Apisit Laistrooglia: French Film Producer Marc Piton; Public Relations Director of Traveloka Sufintri Rahayu, and VP of Public Policy and Government Relations of e-commerce provider Tokopedia Astri Wahyuni.

World Conference on Creative Economy is a world conference on creative economy that was initiated and organized by Indonesia. The 2018 WCCE managed to attract global attention. A host of countries offered themselves to host the 2020 WCCE. The next conference is scheduled to be convened in Dubai.