Bekraf, Nusa Dua – Discussions among delegates of Friends of Creative Economy (FCE) held at Courtyard by Marriott in Nusa Dua, Bali proceeded to the second day.

The second day was opened with a report from Deputy to Chairperson of the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (Bekraf) for Regional and Institutional Relations Endah Wahyu Sulistianti about points discussed on the first day’s panel discussions.

“Yesterday, there were in total three panel discussion discussing the issues of Collaboration and Collective Behaviors of FCE, Enabling Ecosystem Development, and Celebration, Promotion, and Enablement of SDGs, Cultural Heritage, and Diversity,” she said.

In the meantime, the discussion on the implementation of Bali Agenda on Creative Economy was led by Acting Director of Trade, Commodities, and Intellectual Property of Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry Agustaviano Sofjan. On that occasion, Agus invited the delegates to share their experiences and policies in their respective countries regarding creative economy.

“The goal of this discussion is to learn from each other about how to build creative economy in the future from the perspectives of your respective countries,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bekraf Deputy Chairperson Ricky Pesik added that in Indonesia, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s government takes creative economy seriously and the government’s vision is to make creative economy the backbone of the country’s economy. He added that as a step forward, creative economy, which was previously coordinated by the Indonesian Agency of Creative Economy, will be handled by Ministry of Digital and Creative Economy.

On that occasion, representatives from countries such as Bulgaria, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Bangladesh, and Finland, as well as representatives from UNCTAD also shared measures they have taken (in developing creative economy). They also expressed gratitude for the opportunities in taking part in this event.

FCE is a multi-stakeholder forum involving academicians, business players, the government, communities, and the media (pentahelix) from various countries. This annual event highlights a host of issues and the development of creative economy and aims at promoting international collaboration on creative economy in a more inclusive manner.

The event, which was attended by 200 delegates and 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 held on 6 – 8 November 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali. The Bali Agenda contains 21 road maps for countries to advance creative and mainstream the issues of creative economy at the global level. (Kris)