We expect to reach this result in the next six days until May 25, 2024.
Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA) - Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno said that the total spending of delegates during the 10th World Water Forum in Bali is projected to reach Rp1.7 trillion (around US$10.6 million).

"We expect to reach this result in the next six days until May 25, 2024," he added on the sidelines of the 10th World Water Forum in Nusa Dua, Badung district, Bali, on Monday.

He informed that the figure has been obtained by multiplying the total number of participants — estimated to be up to 50 thousand — with their average spending on shopping, including micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) products, which is projected to reach around Rp34 million (around US$2,126).

The government has chosen to showcase the products of 500 MSME players at three locations during the forum, which is being held from May 18 to 25. The three locations include the main venue, the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC).

According to Uno, the MSME products have been curated based on criteria related to environmentally friendly production and liquid waste management.

Those products include chemical-free fashion products as well as craft products made from recycled materials, which encourage circular economy practices.

Meanwhile, deputy for tourism products and activity organization at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Vinsensius Jemadu, said that MSMEs have been involved in the forum to increase their market share and help them level up.

"Their main target is not consumers but B2B (business to business) because the profit is much bigger," he added.

Indonesia was chosen to host the 10th World Water Forum, themed "Water for Shared Prosperity," during the General Assembly of the World Water Council in Senegal in 2022.

The sub-themes for this year's forum include water security and prosperity; water for humans and nature; disaster risk reduction and management; governance, cooperation, and hydro diplomacy; sustainable water finance; and knowledge and innovation.

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