THE COORDINATING Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, said that the implementation of the World Water Forum in Bali on May 18-25, 2024 has entered the final stage in terms of preparation.

“Currently, the preparations for the World Water Forum have reached 90%. The preparations have entered the final stage. This forum is an important meeting for global leaders and water experts, which is expected to be a productive event to discuss water sustainability issues around the world,” he said.

Luhut also said that the forum will be attended by 50 thousand participants from 14 countries. Therefore, this event is the right forum to accelerate the achievement of the target of 17 million foreign tourist visits and 1.25 to 1.5 billion domestic tourist movements by 2024.

“I think the tourism momentum is very good, and the Acting Governor of Bali, Sang Made Mahendra Jaya, has also expressed his willingness, and the TNI and Polri are also ready to provide security during the event,” Luhut underlined.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, in his statement said that clean water, including basic accessibility, which is one of the factors that support tourist comfort when visiting destinations, has been ensured to be well available.

“Tourist comfort is our top priority, which will also have a broad impact on the tourism sector and the creative economy. I am sure that the existence of good basic accessibility will certainly open investment opportunities in the tourism sector and the creative economy. In 2023, the realization of investments in the tourism and creative economy sector will grow positively,” he said.

Sandiaga explained that the recorded foreign investment reached IDR8.70 trillion and domestic investment reached IDR14.99 trillion. Thus, the total investment in the first half of 2023 is IDR23.70 trillion.

“This, of course, cannot be separated from good infrastructure and natural resource management, so that investors are increasingly confident to put their capital,” Sandiaga remarked.

To finalize these preparations, Sandiaga said that a limited meeting was held recently at the Bogor Palace to prepare for the implementation of the World Water Forum. []