Bekraf, Nusa Dua – The 2019 Friends of Creative Economy (FCE) was opened with the performance of Bali Mask dance (Tari Topeng) and Kul-kul (traditional wooden bell) ceremony.

Prior to the opening ceremony, Vice-Chairman of the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (Bekraf) and Vice-Minister of Indonesian Foreign Affairs A.M. Fachir delivered their remarks before the participants and delegates at the Courtyard by Marriott, Nusa Dua, Bali, on Monday (2/8/2019).

Afterwards, panel discussions featuring a number of speakers were held.

The first discussion panel adopting the theme “Collaboration and Collective Behaviours of FCE” was moderated by Agustiano Sofjan (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). The speakers raised different subthemes; Dr. Marisa Henderson (UNCTAD) talked about Our Common Steps: Creative Economy Promotion in International Organization; Professor Ian O. Williamson (Victoria University) talked about the Future of Human Capital in Creative Economy; Fransiska Prihadi (Minikino) talked about Women & Youth; Marching Together, Creatively; while Nicolas J. A. Buchoud (Grand Paris Alliance) talked about History Speaks!: The Case of Creative Economy.

Dr. Marisa Henderson said that creative economy covers a wide range of products, including film, music, mobile applications and games, and many more, adding that the development of creative industry must support local residents in promotion and acceleration.

“National policy is important; thus, cooperation between Bekraf and Ministry of Foreign Affairs is an appropriate measure,” she added.

In the meantime, the second speaker Fransiska Prihadi introduced Minikino to the participants. Minikino is an Indonesia’s voluntary short film organization established in 2002 that promotes transfer of knowledge and networking among filmmakers and audiences.

For the record, the 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.

The event, which was attended by 200 delegates from 37 countries and international organizations, adopts the theme “Reviewing 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. (Kris)