Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno Praises the Bali Rise of the Small and Medium Industry Exhibition

  • 27 Februari 2021
  • 21:02 WITA
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Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno visited the IKM Bali Rise Exhibition

DENPASAR, - Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno and Nur Asia Uno visited the IKM Bali Rise Exhibition at the Cultural Park of Bali Province, Saturday  February 27, 2021). During the visit, the Menparekraf was accompanied by the Governor of Bali Wayan Koster and the Chair of the Bali Province Regional National Craft Council (Dekranasda) Putri Suastini Koster.


The head of Dekranasda Putri Koster explained that this exhibition was aimed at helping small and medium industry (IKM) players in Bali to rise from sluggish sales due to the Covid-19 pandemic. More than that, this actor is also part of the effort to preserve Balinese handicrafts such as songket and endek weaving which have recently been copied and mass produced using machines or embroideries.


Putri Koster continued, because the price is much cheaper than traditional weaving, people are more likely to buy embroidered fabrics. In other words, the motive is plagiarized, the consumer is also taken. Responding to this problem, her party took a middle path by directing that the songket motif embroidered cloth be used for clothing. Meanwhile, for kamen cloth, traditional woven songket must be used.


Governor of Bali Wayan Koster said the Bali Bangkit IKM exhibition had made a real contribution in reviving the community's economy, especially Balinese handicraft IKM players scattered in districts / cities. "In principle, in the midst of a pandemic, we must not stop completely without doing any activity," he said.


The IKM Bali Bangkit actor in 2021, which began on February 1, has benefited 50 IKM participating in the exhibition. "Until today, the transaction value at the IKM Bali Bangkit exhibition has reached Rp 1.5 billion. This is quite a value in the midst of a pandemic. Imagine if there was no exhibition, it could be that some craftsmen will not get any sales at all, "he added.


He hopes that the visit of the Menparekraf together with his entourage can be a motivation for IKM players who take part in the exhibition. In addition, the Menparekraf's visit is also expected to raise hopes for Bali to rise soon. "Thank you for giving serious attention to efforts to restore tourism in Bali," he said.


Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno assessed that the implementation of the IKM Bali Bangkit exhibition in the midst of a pandemic situation was a brilliant idea. "Here I can see the creative economy based on Balinese culture, from weaving to gold, silver to wood carvings that are well curated and open up job opportunities for many IKM players," he said.


In addition to providing economic benefits and opening up jobs in the midst of a pandemic, he supports efforts to preserve Balinese handicrafts which are the spirit of this exhibition. He continued, efforts to maintain the authenticity of local products such as weaving and others do require a policy with an approach that can ensure the quality and authenticity of the work is maintained.


"Like what was conveyed by the Governor about the mass production of cloth with a Balinese woven motif, which ultimately attracted more consumers. It was as if he had fallen on a ladder. Its culture is taken away, its consumers are also taken away. That should not be allowed, "he added.


In another part, Menparekraf Sandiaga Uno also mentioned plans to open Bali for foreign tourist visits which are still being matured. With the vaccination program currently being intensified and accompanied by strict implementation of the prokes, he hopes that the recovery of the tourism sector, especially in Bali, can be accelerated. In fact, he said, Bali achieved the highest vaccination target in the first stage targeting health workers. "Currently the second phase of vaccination is being carried out, which targets tourism workers," he said.


Meanwhile, Governor Wayan Koster emphasized that the Bali Provincial Government is currently taking progressive steps in efforts to control Covid-19 which are targeted to be reduced to double-digit levels. If the handling of Covid-19 can be managed properly, it will provide a positive image and tourists will arrive when it is time for Bali to open. (Gix)