The inaugural World Conference on Creative Economy, hosted by Indonesia in Nusa Dua, Bali, this week, concluded on Thursday. The next conference will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2020.
“The WCCE was born here in Indonesia, but that doesn’t mean that it belongs only to Indonesia. The WCCE belongs to the world,” Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) deputy chief Ricky Pesik said during the closing ceremony.
He said Bekraf chief Triawan Munaf officially accepted on Wednesday evening the UAE’s proposal to host the next event.
Dubai was seen as a strategic choice, given that the city will host in the same year, the World Trade Expo, which is expected to attract more than 25 million visitors.
Other countries are also lining up to discuss plans to host the WCCE, Ricky said.
“This means that our plan to put the creative economy on the global agenda has been accomplished,” Ricky said, adding that the response from participating countries and international organizations has been exceptional.
Febrian A. Ruddyard, director of multilateral cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said with this event, Indonesia had proven itself as not merely a player, but also a leader in the creative economy.
“There has been agreement among participating countries that the creative economy issue will be raised during discussions on various international forums,” Febrian said.
This was one of the aspects laid out on the Bali Agenda for the Creative Economy, an outcome document of the WCCE, which also emphasized how the conference would always preserve its “pentahelix synergy,” comprising academia, business, community, government and the media.
Pesik said 58 countries and several international bodies, including the United Nations Development Program and UN Conference on Trade and Development, are now part of the Friends of Creative Economy.
Indonesia will make sure that the “inclusively creative” theme will always be a part of the WCCE, no matter which country hosts the event. As the founding country, Indonesia has the prerogative to lay the foundations of the conference, Febrian said.
About 2,000 participants from 30 countries attended the inaugural event, which served as a forum for government representatives and related stakeholders to exchange ideas and establish a common understanding on the development of the global creative economy.