"Apart from soft diplomacy and UN recognition, another positive takeaway for Indonesia, as a host, is that it will also revive the tourism sector, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic," Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Doni Monardo stated after a virtual limited meeting chaired by President Joko Widodo at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, Thursday.
Monardo opined that the COVID-19 pandemic would most likely end in 2022. The international event is expected to assist the government in reviving the tourism sector and other service sectors in Indonesia.
"Earlier (during a limited meeting), several ministers had expressed optimism that the vaccine plan would run well, so that by 2022, everything can be carried out safely," he stated.
The biennial forum is planned to be held for five consecutive days in May 2022. The Nusa Dua region, Bali, will be the main venue for the forum that will bear witness to the congregation of several of the heads of state.
"All hotels in Nusa Dua are certified to have the required standards and are ready to tackle potential threats," Monardo remarked.
The budget required to hold this international forum is estimated at US$5.9 million. President Joko Widodo plans to issue a Presidential Regulation on the implementation of the 2022 GPDRR.
"The proposed theme has been reported, and the suggested budget is US$5.89 million, though it is outside the readiness costs for the UN group or team. The president thereafter agreed to put in place a presidential regulation in connection with this event, including organizing it," he stated.
The GPDRR is typically a platform for heads of state and the United Nations to review information and developments as well as the latest trends in disaster management.
GPDRR was last organized in Geneva, Switzerland.
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