“We discussed the plan for reopening tourism in Bali by facilitating direct flights from India. Currently, we are finalizing our preparations towards that plan and for some other potential cooperations, including those in terms of investment, trade, as well as tourism and creative economy,” Uno said in Badung district on Wednesday.
Trade and investment have been included in the scope of tourism and creative economy as part of attempts to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries and to raise spirits and spread hope, he remarked.
Uno further pointed out that bilateral relations between Indonesia and India must be strengthened to help citizens move forward. The two nations have enjoyed friendly relations since the early post-independence era, he said.
“This cooperation potentially promotes chances for tourism in Bali to rise, so Indonesia’s economy can be recovered,” he remarked.
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During their meeting, Uno and Bharti also discussed the preparation of a travel bubble under strict health protocols; provision of mass vaccinations, especially in the three green zones of Nusa Dua, Sanur, and Ubud; and, emphasized testing, tracing, and treatment.
“Mr. Ambassador Bharti has expressed confidence to start direct flights through a travel corridor arrangement concept,” Uno revealed.
Meanwhile, Indian envoy to Indonesia, Shri Manoj Kumar Bharti, said the discussion with Minister Uno was intended to examine any possibilities for aiding a recovery in Bali’s economy, which still depends heavily on the tourism sector.
He also welcomed Indonesia’s COVID-19 vaccination program, particularly in Bali, where President Joko Widodo has also paid a visit and set the target of inoculating two million Balinese people by the middle of this year.
“I expect Indian citizens are confident enough to start visiting Bali after this Island of God is reopened to welcome international travelers,” the envoy remarked.
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