RI should lead International Year of Creative Economy preparations

RI should lead International Year of Creative Economy preparations

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahendra Siregar. ANTARA/HO-Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahendra Siregar believes that Indonesia should be able to lead the preparations for the International Year of Creative Economy 2021, according to a statement received in Jakarta, Friday.

To this end, Siregar believes that Indonesia should effectually encourage the implementation of the International Year of Creative Economy 2021 for recovery of the creative economy sector as well as the global economy.

The deputy minister made the statement at the opening of the Friends of Creative Economy (FCE) meeting held on November 11.

The International Year of Creative Economy 2021 is determined by the United Nations (UN) through the UN General Assembly Resolution Number 74/198 that was initiated by Indonesia, as a form of its international leadership in encouraging the advancement of creative economy in the world.

The FCE meeting took place on November 11-12 at a joint initiation from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The meeting was held by merging direct sessions in Serpong, Indonesia, and virtually, with 55 countries and eight international organizations participating.

The meeting participants hailed from diverse backgrounds, including creative economy players, government representatives, international organizations, including the United Nations and ASEAN representatives, as well as academics.

The FCE discussion focused on preparations for implementing the International Year of the Creative Economy 2021, for which Indonesia put forth the theme "Inclusively Creative: A Global Recovery" in connection with the potential role of creative economy in global economic recovery.

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Indonesia is also planning to organize a global meeting in the creative economy sector, including the second meeting of the World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) in Bali, Indonesia, in mid-2021.

"Inclusiveness comes from our belief that by providing equal opportunities, regardless of background, the creative economy will bridge the unity between communities," Deputy Minister of Creative Economy Angela H. Tanoesoedibjo stated.

"The pandemic has triggered digital disruption, and now is the time to overcome challenges and seize opportunities for digitalization and its impact on the creative economy sector," she remarked.

Moreover, Deputy Foreign Minister Mahendra Siregar highlighted the significance of turning challenges into opportunities by connecting the creative sector, boosting creative industry access to financial inclusion, and bolstering international collaboration.

Siregar also called for inclusive and action-oriented implementation of the International Creative Economy Year.

The FCE 2020 meeting also succeeded in identifying several international programs and initiatives to observe the international year in a bid to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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