Creative industries take centre stage at Bali conference

Creative industries take centre stage at Bali conference

Support for the creative economy is forming an increasingly strategic role in countries’ efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, UNCTAD experts and other speakers said at a meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in October.

The creative economy includes economic sectors such as advertising, architecture, arts and crafts, computer games, design, fashion, film, performing arts, publishing, R&D, and software production.

“The creative industries are a powerful force for not only economic development but also social and cultural change. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we need a profound culture change on a mass scale. The creative industries can help us achieve this,” Marisa Henderson, chief of UNCTAD’s Creative Economy Programme, said.

“It also makes sense to use the creative industries as fertile ground to promote gender issues and alternative voices. In addition, they are a useful calibration tool for managing widening geographic disparities. As such, the creative economy should be given priority and integrated into national economic and development plans so that we can leverage the huge potential for more South-South cooperation.”

The meeting was hosted by representatives from Mexico, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Turkey, and Australia together with UNCTAD, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the United Nations Development Programme.

Speakers included Joshua Simanjuntak, Deputy Minister of the Indonesian Agency of Creative Economy, Australian entrepreneur and former UN Youth representative Chris Eigeland and Korean fashion designer Yuna Yang.

The discussion touched on several key themes including the emergence of the creative economy and creative networks as an enabler for sustainable development; opportunities and threats posed by increased automation and digitization; and the need for training, retraining, and upskilling for new industry jobs.

The event set the stage for the World Conference on Creative Economy in Bali, Indonesia, on 6–8 November.

UNCTAD is working with conference planners to develop a programme showcasing how the creative industries can foster economic growth, promote inclusivity and boost sustainable development. It is also leading the drive for a Friends of Creative Economy group as an extension of the UNCTAD Creative Economy Network.

“Indonesian President Joko Widodo is a firm believer in the future of Indonesia’s creative economy, which has sent a clear message to the trade and development community. In raising the profile of the creative economy, the conference will help to realize its potential and ensure its place on the global agenda,” Ms. Henderson said.


Indonesia ready to host the World Conference on Creative Economy 2018

Indonesia ready to host the World Conference on Creative Economy 2018

Jakarta, Indonesia – Chairman of Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy, Triawan Munaf and Vice Foreign Minister AM Fachir officially launched the World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) 2018 which be held on November 6-8, 2018 in Bali. WCCE will be the first creative economy conference held on a global scale. WCCE is intended to be a platform for government, private sector, creative economy players, and related stakeholders in the development of creative economy ecosystem. WCCE 2018 bring the theme of “Inclusively Creative” that meaning everyone in the world have opportunity and rights to involve in creative economy ecosystem. The conference will discuss various issues related to the development, opportunities, and challenges of creative economy, such as social cohesion, regulations, marketing, and ecosystem. This event is targeted to be attended by participants from Industry players, government representatives, experts, academics, investor, and media.

Indonesia ready to held the first creative economy conference on a global scale

WCCE 2018 have several agendas beside the conference such as Friends of Creative Economy (FCE), Ministerial Meeting, and CreatiVIllage, Specially for  CreatiVilage, every participants can feels and experience of creative creations from the world. Preparation of WCCE 2018 already does from Preparatory Meeting (PrepMeet) towards World Conference on Creative Economy on December 2017, The first FCE has hold on May that discussed of Chair’s Summary from PrepMeet on December 2017. In FCE forum will formulate the WCCE 2018 outcome document and also encourage awareness of creative economy issues at the global level. The outcome document of WCCE will initiated to become part of resolution future economy and will be discuss in the UN’s General Assembly Forum.

WCCE 2018 also supported by several international Organization such as UNIDO, UNESCO, UNCTAD, UNDP and ITU. Indonesia is ready to welcoming every delegation from the world and hold the first creative economy conference on a global scale. Let’s make it happen!

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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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