Indonesia continues to promote ‘Work From Bali’ initiative to revive local economy

Women in traditional clothing at Pura Uluwatu. Photo: Kemenparekraf
Women in traditional clothing at Pura Uluwatu. Photo: Kemenparekraf

Seven ministries in Indonesia are signing on to support the Work From Bali program, as efforts continue to revive the province’s deeply battered economy. 

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with hotels in the Nusa Dua complex yesterday, which will see them host employees from the seven ministries under his supervision for stays and events.

“This memorandum of understanding was made as part of an effort to support tourism in The Nusa Dua, Bali under the principles of good corporate governance and will apply for seven ministries and institutions under the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment,” Luhut said.

The Nusa Dua refers to a tourism complex helmed by state-owned Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), housing more than a dozen hotels, conference and cultural venues, and a shopping center, among other facilities. 

This appears to be the central government’s latest effort to revive tourism in Bali, which has been severely impacted during the pandemic. The Work From Bali program essentially encourages people to visit Bali even as they are working, making use of the widespread work from home arrangement currently in place. 

“Hopefully Work From Bali can attract professionals from the government sector and business sector to make sure there is an increase in hotel occupancy,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said. 

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