Indonesia Initiate the First-ever World Conference on Creative Economy

Indonesia Initiate the First-ever World Conference on Creative Economy

Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (Bekraf) in collaboration with Indonesian Ministry for Foreign Affairs initiate World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) to be held on November in Bali, Indonesia on 6 to 8 November 2018. This conference aims to establish networks among the global creative economy stakeholders, including government, international organization, experts, private parties, and media. Around the thousand participants are expected to come. Previously, Kick Off Friends of Creative Economy was held in Jakarta on May 2018 with 57 international participants. On October 2018, the Working Luncheon during the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly: “Unleashing The Potentials of Creative Economy to Achieve SDGs: Lessons from MIKTA Experiences” had been organized to retain the momentum of WCCE through discussion and sharing the best practices in promoting creative economy.

On October 17, Deputy Chairman for International Relations, Endah Wahyu Sulistianti mentioned WCCE during her speech in Djakarta Theatre at the launching of Opus, an economy creative’s book that is published by Bekraf. This second edition of Opus explains the development of 16 creative economy sub-sectors, Bekraf’s events and programs, the prospect of Indonesian and global economy, and also the condition of Indonesian economy. “United Nations acknowledges that WCCE should be held. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) even recommends creative economy as one of the solutions to reach sustainable development growth,” Deputy Chairman for International Relations, Endah Wahyu Sulistianti has said.

Increasing the awareness of creative economy in global level will be another purpose of this conference. Indonesia as the initiator of WCCE, is expected to be the center of development for creative economy globally. (Mimi/Made)

Increasingly in Demand, Creative Economy GDP Has Reach Rp. 1,000 trillion.

Increasingly in Demand, Creative Economy GDP Has Reach Rp. 1,000 trillion.

Creative Economy contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is increasing exponentially. This was stated by the Head of the Indonesian Agency of Creative Economy (Bekraf), Triawan Munaf, during a presentation at a press conference of the “4 Years of Joko Widodo – Jusuf Kalla Administration Report” entitled ‘Building Indonesians towards a Developed Nation’ organized by Forum Merdeka Barat (FMB) 9 in the Building III Hall at the Ministry of State Secretariat on Tuesday (23/10/2018). Also present at this occasion were Presidential Chief of Staff, Moeldoko; Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Darmin Nasution, Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani, Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto; Minister of Trade, Enggartiasto Lukita; Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya; Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti; and Minister of Public Works and Public Housing, Basuki Hadimuldjono.

“In terms of value, the Creative Economy GDP in 2016 has reached Rp 922.59 trillion and is projected to exceed Rp 1,000 trillion in 2017 and increasing to reach Rp 1,102 trillion in 2018,” Triawan said.

Furthermore, Triawan said that creative economy is increasingly in demand and has promising potential. In 2016, the contribution of Creative Economy to the national economy amounted to 7.44 percent and is projected to grow continually. Three creative economic sub-sectors with the highest revenue in 2016 were Culinary (41.69%), Fashion (18.15%), and Crafts (15.70%), while the sub-sectors with the highest growth were TV & Radio (10.33%), Film, Animation & Video (10.09%), and Performing Arts (9.54%). Also, in the same year, the total number of businesses engaged in Creative Economy reached 8,203,826.

The export value of Indonesia’s creative economy has reached US $ 20 billion, or 13.77% of Indonesia’s total exports in 2016. It increased by 3.23% from 2015 where the exports amounted at US $ 19.3 billion in value. Specifically, three sub-sectors contributing to the highest exports during this period are Fashion, Craft and Culinary. Triawan explained that Creative Economy is a new economic model based on thoughts and ideas, which will become the backbone of Indonesia in the future. “Indonesia, with such a rich diversity and cultural heritage, want to be a leader in the world; at least in formulating understanding between countries,” Triawan continued, soon on November 6 – 8, 2018, Bekraf will hold the first and largest creative economy-related conference in the world called “the World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE)”.

“Through WCCE, Bekraf wants to convey that Creative Economy is for everyone, not limited to age, social class, country, ethnicity, religion, and so on.” Triawan explained.

Several prominent speakers will speak at the World Conference on Creative Economy 2018 includes Bolanle Austin Peters (Nigeria), Le Kexi (China), Felipe Buitrago Restrepo (Colombia), Mileva Stupar (France), and Troels Seidenfaden (Denmark). (Kris/Made)

Creative Economy at The UN General Assembly

Creative Economy at The UN General Assembly

Mexico, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Turkey, and Australia together with UNCTAD, UNESCO and UNDP brought the creative economy conversation to the UN in New York by co-hosting a side event entitled Unleashing the Potentials of Creative Economy to Achieve the SDGs on the margins of the high-level week of the seventy-third session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 1st October 2018.

Creative Economy at UN General Assembly

The event was well attended with at least sixty guests seated for the keynote session and the following panel discussion.

The key themes that were covered included the:

  • emergence of the creative economy and creative networks as an enabler for sustainable development;
  • opportunities and threats posed by increased automation and digitization;
  • need for training, retraining, and upskilling for new industry jobs;
  • role of creative industries in promoting gender issues as well as diverse and marginalized views;
  • disparities in creative economic growth depending on geographies;
  • challenges of sharing lessons and practices between and among countries;
  • need to integrate creative industries into national economic and development plans;
  • huge potential for more South-South cooperation to leverage untapped potential.

Audience members, who came from within and outside the UN, echoed similar themes and concerns regarding developing creative industries.

The event set the stage for the upcoming World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE), to be held 6-8 Nov. 2018 in Bali, Indonesia. UNCTAD fully supports Indonesia’s efforts to host the WCCE. Being, as it is, the first global conference on the creative economy, it stands as an exciting initiative on the part of the Indonesian government and an opportunity to showcase how the creative industries can foster economic growth, promote inclusivity and boost sustainable development. The endorsement of the conference by President Joko, and his firm belief in the future of Indonesia’s creative economy, sends a clear message to the trade and development community as a whole. In raising the profile of the creative economy, the conference will help to realize its potential and ensure its place on the global agenda.


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UNCTAD and Indonesia Collaborate on First Global Creative Economy Conference

UNCTAD and Indonesia Collaborate on First Global Creative Economy Conference

UNCTAD is supporting Indonesia’s efforts to host a global conference on the creative economy and identify economic drivers underpinning it.The planned World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) will take place in Bali on 6–8 November.The South-East Asian nation hosted two preparatory meetings, in November 2017 and in May 2018, to develop a preliminary programme for the event – which will explore how the creative industries can generate economic inclusivity and boost development.The conference will focus on social cohesion, regulations, marketing and financing.Endorsing the conference and Indonesia’s creative economy potential, President Joko Widodo said: “I believe that the future of Indonesia will be dominated by the craft and creative industries.”

The chief of UNCTAD’s creative economy programme, Marisa Henderson attended a planning meeting in Jakarta in May and said: “As the trade and development community realizes the potential of the creative economy, there is an opportunity to raise the profile of the topic and ensure its place on the global agenda.”

Friends of Creative Economy towards World Conference on Creative Economy 2018. (photo: Hafizh Zulfikar/Bekraf)

The creative industries – which include creative activities such as advertising, architecture, arts and crafts, design, fashion, film, performing arts, publishing, research & development, software, and computer games – are the lifeblood of the creative economy. The May meeting, jointly organized by the by Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, brought together government officials from over 39 countries, and a wide-range of representatives from international organizations, the private sector, universities and non-governmental organizations.

Friends of the creative economy

UNCTAD was asked to lead the drive for a ‘Friends of Creative Economy’ group as a potential deliverable of the WCCE in November 2018. “While the creative economy ecosystem consists of many different industries, sectors and stakeholders, there is a universe of common cross-cutting issues at the macro level, such as trade regulations,” Ms. Henderson said. “There are also micro-level challenges from the skills gap to the cost of getting goods to customers, which need to be addressed. These are matters that a strong, knowledgeable collective can work together to highlight and manage.” The friends group would be made up of government and non-government stakeholders who share common and critical views on the importance of the creative economy for sustainable development. It would also help build an inclusive and open space for discussions on the creative economy from a trade and development perspective.

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Kick Off Friends of Creative Economy will be held on May 2018

Kick Off Friends of Creative Economy will be held on May 2018

Last year, Indonesia Agency for Creative Economy (Bekraf) has been hold Preparatory Meeting Towards World Conference on Creative Economy 2018 in Bandung, Indonesia from 5 until 6 December 2017. The result of Preparatory meeting I is a Chair’s Summary that will be a reverence our discussion at the second preparatory meeting. Preparatory Meeting II towards World Conference on Creative Economy 2018 called “Kick Off Friends of Creative Economy” will be held on 2 – 4 May 2018 in Jakarta.

Last year Preparatory Meeting Towards WCCE 2018 in Bandung, Indonesia. The meeting was hold from 5 until 7 December 2017.

Over 50 participants from government, think-tank, international organization, private sector, academicians, and media will be come to this event that collaboration between Bekraf and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Inclusively Creative still the theme that we will discuss five main issues same as in the Chair’s Summary. The output of this meeting will be a draft of Manifesto declaration that will be announce at World Conference on Creative Economy 2018.