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WCCE launches Bali Agenda to develop global creative economy
Last Updated: 2018-11-09 09:43 | Xinhua
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Delegates attending the first World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) launched here on Thursday "Bali Agenda for Creative Economy" aimed at digging up the highly potential sector to spur inclusive economic growth of countries in the world.

Bali Agenda for Creative Economy contains 21 points, divided into four sections whose implementation is expected to be capable of supporting development of the world's creative economy sector.

Members of "Friends of Creative Economy" who come from various countries will regularly meet once a year to discuss and formulate ways in developing the creative economy sector of the world.

The agenda will be brought to the United Nations General Assembly meeting next year so as to get more credible support toward creative economy development from all countries in the world.

Among the points in the agenda is the establishment of the Creative Economy Center of Excellence in Indonesia. The center was originally designed to facilitate and connect ideas, sources, information and business concepts expressed by creative economy practitioners across the world.

The idea to set up such a center is supported by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) creative economy program as the center may serve as a place for creators to receive training and promote their creative products and services as well.

Indonesia received recognition for its strong mechanism on developing creative industry whose contribution to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been growing from year to year, with 1,105 trillion rupiah (about 75.8 billion U.S. dollars) expected to be reaped this year.

Creative industry in the Southeast Asia's largest economy is dominated by e-commerce, culinary, fashion and handicraft products. The nation plans to further develop creative business in filmmaking, music, arts and online games.

"In this globalization and high technology era, creative industry has become a game changer in global economy. It apparently is the most dynamic sector and gives significant contribution to spuring economic growth in many countries," Head of Indonesia's Agency for Creative Economy (Bekraf) Triawan Munaf told a press conference on the sidelines of the closing ceremony here.

He said that the Indonesia-initiated WCCE is positively responded and highly appreciated by delegates and the United Nations agencies.

Several Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) documents to address development of creative industry between Bekraf, regional governments and international institutions were signed during the event.

The next WCCE will be held in Dubai in 2020.

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