Work From Bali initiative aimed at preventing ‘permanent damage’ to Bali’s tourism industry: minister

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno started working in Bali on Jan. 28, 2021, dividing his office hours between Jakarta and Bali. Photo: Kemenparekraf
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno started working in Bali on Jan. 28, 2021, dividing his office hours between Jakarta and Bali. Photo: Kemenparekraf

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno is urging collaboration to support the government’s Work From Bali initiative, which he stressed is key to prevent Bali’s tourism industry from sustaining “permanent damage” from the ongoing pandemic.

“We must move swiftly, we must move on with a policy that is right on target, benefits and on time for those who really need it. Otherwise, there will be permanent damage,” Sandiaga said during a press briefing yesterday.

The Work From Bali initiative is aimed at speeding up economic recovery in Bali province, which has been struggling to keep its tourism industry afloat since the onset of the pandemic. The initiative will require 25 percent of civil servants from a number of ministries to work from the island, and is scheduled for an official launch in the third quarter of this year.

“This policy will begin with civil servants from ministries and government institutions, but the private sector will also be directed to conduct their meetings or activities in various regions including Bali, while implementing strict and disciplined health protocols,” Sandiaga said.

“We want associations, the government, and education institutions to collaborate together to support this Work From Bali program.”

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