Bali to host world Inter-Parliaments Forum

Bali to host world Inter-Parliaments Forum

Governor I Made Mangku Pastika. ((ANTARA/Nyoman Budhiana))

This event will also be broadcast live on Parliament TV, so the Indonesian people can watch the event."
Denpasar (ANTARA News) - Bali will host the World Inter-Parliaments Forum on September 20-21, 2016, which will be attended by some 400-500 delegates.

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika on Wednesday enthusiastically welcomed a plan to hold the forum as it would serve as a platform to widely promote tourism in Bali.

According to Pastika, Bali had hosted various international events, so there was no cause for concern.

"The Bali Democracy Forum, APEC, and Miss World have been organized in Bali, and the Bali Clean Energy Forum was the last event held on the island, which was attended by energy ministers and clean energy scientists from around the world. Hence, complete security arrangements and facilities will be readied while organizing the event," the governor stated while receiving a courtesy visit of Chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Agency Nurhayati Ali Assegaf here.

Pastika specifically called to set up a booth for promoting Balis tourism.

"If possible, we want a booth to promote our tourist attractions and handicrafts. Later, I will urge the Indonesian National Craft Council of Bali to be present there," he affirmed.

On the occasion, he expressed hope to capitalize on cooperation opportunities with other countries, particularly in the field of environment. Moreover, the Norwegian minister of environment was scheduled to address the forum.

"Bali has been chosen to implement a pilot clean energy project, so it is a great opportunity to promote Balis tourism and development that is based on Tri Hita Karana, a traditional philosophy, which underpins the importance of the elements of environment as one of the basis of development," he noted.

Furthermore, Pastika also vowed to entertain delegates at a dinner at the home office of the Bali governor.

Meanwhile, Nurhayati Ali Assegaf was optimistic that the first event to organize the forum would serve as a milestone in establishing close inter-parliamentary relationships around the world as every parliament was also instrumental in establishing policies in a country.

Assegaf remarked that the forum titled "Transforming Our World, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" could be held on an ongoing basis, and it could certainly offer benefits to establish each countrys policies. Former Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the forum.

The event, to be held in BNDCC Nusa Dua, Badung, is expected to especially focus on the local environment in Bali as the forum was one of the ways to promote the island as a world tourist destination.

"This event will also be broadcast live on Parliament TV, so the Indonesian people can watch the event," she revealed.

Assegaf also hoped that Bali will be able to utilize the opportunity to establish communication and cooperation among participating countries across the world from which ministers were expected to attend the event.

"Hence, this event is also expected to offer greater benefits to Bali as the host," she added.

(Reported by Ni Luh Rhismawati/Uu.M052/INE/KR-BSR/A014)