PRESIDENT Joko Widodo (Jokowi) at the 3rd World Creative Economy Conference (WCCE) in Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali, Thursday, said Indonesia takes a leading role in building an inclusive creative economy ecosystem.

In the WCCE, which is a side event of the G20 Presidency, President Jokowi said Indonesia would also encourage a greater role for the creative economy to restore the global economy.

“The creative economy can be a pillar to boost economic growth that is inclusive for all,” said President Jokowi.

President Jokowi said that the creative economy can be a solution to improve people’s living standards in a sustainable manner, because it is able to break down geographical boundaries, gender, race, and economic strata.

When the COVID-19 pandemic limits people’s physical mobility, said President Jokowi, creative economy products continue to move around without transmitting COVID-19. As a result, the creative economy sector is able to survive in the pandemic era compared to other economic sectors.

“And some sub-sectors of the creative economy such as applications and developers of television and radio games have even grown significantly, triggered by the consumption of content that has increased significantly during the pandemic,” said President Jokowi.

Not only in Indonesia, he continued, the creative economy will also become the backbone of other countries. In the future, he said, the creative economy will be counted as an inclusive economic power.

Therefore, President Jokowi said, the development of the creative economy must continue to be encouraged so that it becomes a futuristic sector and is able to grow faster, bigger and more advanced.

In WCCE there are 1,000 actors from various elements of society (Pentahelix) and policy makers in the world’s creative economy. WCCE is a global initiative that was initiated in 2018 as a vehicle to promote an inclusive creative mission.

The conference, which will be held on 5-7 October 2022, will result in strategic actions for the recovery of the global creative economy sector. There are four WCCE sub-themes, the first is “Pertinent Issues and Progress on Creative Economy” which will discuss the current state of the creative economy, including ecosystems, communities, setbacks, progress, and future creative opportunities.

The second sub-theme is related to “Resilient Creative Economy for Global Goals”, namely the 2030 inclusiveness agenda and sustainable development goals (SDGs) to encourage the creative economy resilience sector to be able to answer global issues.

The third sub-theme is “Global Creative Economy: What’s Next?” where later all together explore the direction of the creative economy and find common ways to overcome challenges and welcome prospects in this sector.

Finally, the fourth sub-theme is ‘Introduction of Creative Economy Roadmap’ to introduce the ‘Bali Creative Economy Roadmap Draft’ which will be the reference document for the WCCE 2022 results.

Meanwhile in Indonesia, the creative economy contributes to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 6.98% or IDR1,134 trillion. [antaranews]