INDONESIA through the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has agreed to cooperate with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in developing the creative economy, particularly in the sub-sectors of architecture, fashion, design, fine arts, and publications.

The collaboration was marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno and the UAE Minister of Culture and Youth Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi which was held on a hybrid basis on Friday (5/3) in Manado and Abu Dhabi.

The signing of the MoU was also witnessed by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Angela Tanoesoedibjo, Indonesian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Husin Bagis; and the UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei at the Indonesia-Emirates Amazing Week (IEAW) 2021 in Jakarta.

IEAW 2021 was initiated by the Indonesian Embassy in Abu Dhabi in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, and various related Ministries/Institutions in an effort to increase cooperation in various fields between the two countries.

“I am sure that the bilateral ties between Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates will be even stronger because there is a G-to-G agreement signed today, two of which are cooperation in the creative economy,” Sandiaga Uno said.

The discussion of the Creative Economy MoU has been initiated since the holding of the 2018 World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) in Bali – which is the first world-class conference in the field of creative economy initiated by Indonesia – as the legal umbrella for the second WCCE in Dubai which is planned to take place in December 2021 in the series of World Expo 2021.

In addition to the signing of the MoU in the creative economy, at the IEAW 2021 event, the WCCE 2021 Technical Arrangement (TA WCCE 2021) was also signed by the Deputy for Resources and Institutions of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Wisnu Bawa Tarunajaya with Undersecretary MCY (Ministry of Culture and Youth) UAE, Mubarak Al Nakhi virtually. The WCCE TA 2021 aims to define roles and responsibilities among the parties related to the preparation and implementation of WCCE 2021.

“Indonesia as a pioneer in organizing WCCE is proud of the UAE’s plan to hold the next WCCE in Dubai in the World Expo 2021 series. Therefore, both the MoU and the WCCE Technical Arrangement document the right momentum for the current situation. Not only as an umbrella, but at the same time. proves our commitment to expanding cooperation into other fields such as architecture, fashion, design, fine arts, and publications,” Sandiaga noted.

Meanwhile, the UAE Minister of Culture and Youth, Noura Bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, said the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia are examples of religious and cultural diversity, tolerance and moderation.

“These values ​​bind us and make it easier for us to work together to achieve our common interests, especially with regard to the creative economy, which is a pillar of sustainable economic growth. As the world is currently facing a challenging situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to turn these challenges into opportunities for innovation,” he noted.

Likewise, the Indonesian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Husin Bagis believes that the MoU on creative economy cooperation between Indonesia and the UAE will open many opportunities to exchange ideas and experiences for the creative industries in the two countries.

“I believe, Indonesia and the UAE can play a more important role in economic recovery through the creative economy,” he concluded. []