THE importance of conducive ecosystem development is emphasized so that the tourism industry and the creative economy develop well.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy/Head of the Tourism and Creative Economy Agency Wishnutama Kusubandio emphasized that the tourism sector and the creative economy have grown rapidly in recent years. For this reason, Tourism Ministry will ensure that the support needed by the industry is met. For example, a financing scheme that is accessible to small and medium business actors.

“The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy will ensure that the support needed by the industry is met. For example, a financing scheme that is accessible to small and medium business actors,” Wishnutama said.

He added, Indonesia is an attractive market in the field of tourism and the creative economy. With such great potential, tourism is projected as the fourth largest economic power in Asia by 2045.

“Seeing such great potential and the need for business development support, a collaboration has been signed with the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) in 2018. In this collaboration, it is agreed that AVPN will mobilize many types of social investment capital that provide opportunities for capital collaboration in tourism development and creative economy,” he concluded.

The focus of tourism development this year is the development of 5 Super Priority Destinations namely Lake Toba, Borobudur, Mandalika, Labuan Bajo, and Likupang. The target is that infrastructure development will be completed by the end of 2020. In addition, development will also be carried out in the areas of increasing human resources, connectivity and security. The same development was also carried out in the field of creative economy especially the development of industries including small industries.

While Naina Subberwal Batra, President Director and Chairman of AVPN said that Bali is a suitable location for collaboration in various sectors to ensure Southeast Asia develops. Considering the event was attended by experienced investors in the social field with the aim of creating social movements that have a sustainable impact.

Meanwhile, Managing Director of the Cinta Anak Bangsa Foundation, Veronica Colondam, said that the Southeast Asia Summit was a good opportunity to build a network of cooperation. AVPN offered this opportunity which was then welcomed by industry players.

AVPN is a unique network of funders who are committed to building a social investment community in Asia, and has more than 600 members in 34 countries. Its main mission is to increase the flow of financial capital, human resources, and intellectuals into the social sector. AVPN embraces all types of activities to increase the effectiveness of its members in the Asia Pacific.

Southeast Asia Summit which was first held in Bali on 12-14 February 2020. The aim is to map the problems experienced by countries in Southeast Asia such as climate change, gender equality, education and livelihood equity including the development of the tourism industry and the creative economy. []