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Jakarta Post

Unleashing potential of Indonesia’s creative economy

  • Rasmus Abildgaard Kristensen


Nusa Dua, Bali   /   Thu, November 8, 2018   /  02:07 pm
Unleashing potential of Indonesia’s creative economy Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita (right) talks to a business owner in front of a counter displaying locally made sandals during a visit to a shopping mall in Kuta, Bali. (Antara/Fikri Yusuf)

This week, Indonesia is hosting the first-ever World Conference on Creative Economy. The conference is an important and very timely initiative by the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf). 

The creative sector already plays a vital role in Indonesia’s economy. According to Bekraf, the sector contributed 7.4 percent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and accounted for 14.3 percent of Indonesia’s workforce. 

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, seeking to lower Indonesia’s reliance on natural resources, is also turning the spotlight on the creative sector. The target being that Indonesia should be among the key global players in the creative economy by 2030. 

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