"It is truly impressive, with the crafts, technology, and the beautiful tourism," Lagarde noted after visiting two stands at the Indonesian Pavilion in the Bali International Convention Center in Westin Hotel, Nusa Dua, Wednesday.
Lagarde entered the Indonesia Pavilion at around 11:30 a.m. local time, accompanied by special staff to Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Sahala Lumban Gaol and other staff and security personnel from the IMF.
Lagarde was wearing a dark blue dress along with a blazer made from Balinese traditional woven material called the "endek." The former french finance minister observed the crafts and technology products from Indonesia.
Lagarde was also briefed by several officers on the Indonesian aerospace industry and the model of tourism development in Mandalika, Lombok.
Lagarde also took the time to converse with craftsmen, who made crafts on the spot, including Balinese fan artists and Lasem batik makers from Rembang, and observed the weaving process from East Nusa Tenggara.
The 62-year-old woman was also impressed by an artist from Kupang, Ivan Pah, who was playing Sasando, a traditional musical instrument from East Nusa Tenggara, at that time.
She even hummed the strains of a song called "Let it be" by the Beatles Iv, played by Pah.
The Indonesian Pavilion was established as part of the series of annual meetings of the IMF and WB on Oct 8-14 to showcase the achievements of the country`s development and the potential of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Indonesia.
The exhibition is joined by several state-owned enterprises and featured around 150 MSMEs from 64 district and/or city governments in Indonesia to showcase their work.
Reporting by Dewa Wiguna
Editing by Aria Cindyara