EXHIBITION HALAL TOURISM, DESENTRALIZATION GROWTH AND EMPOWERMENT

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JAKARTA – The Ministry of Tourism participated in the exhibition at the WIEF (Word Islamic Economic Forum) 12th in South Jakarta JCC (2-4 / 8/16). The Ministry of Tourism in particular exhibit and highlight the Halal Tourism to raise a number of image-visualization video and some information in writing. Booth contained in the “pavilion Indonesia” is quite crowded and for three days visited by many visitors.

“We are very thankful and grateful for the momentum that has been given in an international event that is very strategic. In this exhibition we raised a number of visualization of pictures and videos, including information about the article halal tourism in Indonesia. We expect a lot of visitors from abroad and domestic are increasingly want to know about the Indonesian halal tourism and especially some halal tourism object we are more conducive, “said Chairman of Halal Tourism Development Acceleration Team (TP3H), Riyanto Sofyan.

WIEF 12th itself aims to further explore the important role of micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in promoting economic growth in countries around the world, in line with the theme of this year’s forum “Decentralization Growth, Empowering the Future Business.”

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib Tun Abdul Razak today officially opened the World Islamic Economic Forum (World Islamic Economic Forum) 12th which lasted for three days (2-4 August 2016). The opening of the forum was also attended by five other world leaders, including President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahman, the President of the Republic of Guinea, Alpha Conde, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Shriyan Wickremenshinghe, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade of the Kingdom of Jordan Dr Jawad Al Anani and President of Development Islamic Bank (IDB) Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali.

In his opening speech President Joko Widodo said that the decentralization of growth for the empowerment of small and medium business sector is essential to ensure greater citizen participation in the economy.

“We believe that if we are committed to this, the result is a strong domestic sector and a competitive global economy. This is the mantra for growth in line with our government’s commitment to develop a modern economy and continues to grow as summarized in Nawacipta ( symbolic of Indonesia) or nine priority development agenda of our country. Moreover, the only way that our economy can survive in the era of cutting-edge technology at the moment is to embrace change and empower the business so that we can map the business landscape in a better future, “the president said Widodo.

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the Indonesian economy. Approximately 99% of businesses in Indonesia are SMEs with more than 98% is dominated by micro-enterprises. SMEs employ more than 107.6 million people in Indonesia and contributes 60.60% of Indonesia’s GDP. This continues to increase in line with the development of creative industries across the country. With the decentralization of growth, SMEs will continue to be empowered to facilitate their participation in the larger economy. This will ensure inclusive economic development, increase innovation and efficiency, as well as give the company a competitive advantage in the face of evolving business landscape.

Jokowi President further added that to facilitate the growth and development of SMEs in appears logical, the government has recently issued a number of economic policy package to stimulate inclusive growth. Some of them have a direct impact on the interests of SMEs such as the simplification of permits for the establishment of small and medium enterprises and the revision of the negative list. Under the policy liberalizing , 19 sub-sectors have been reserved for small businesses and cooperatives. Approximately 62 business areas will only be accessible to international investors if they partner with local SMEs. This will help SMEs and large enterprises to collaborate, not compete in the Indonesian market advantage.

Meanwhile, Yang Mulia Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia and Patron WIEF Foundation, said, “The Economics of global Islam continues to grow and because more Muslims are becoming increasingly active as investors and manufacturers, bankers and traders, competitors and suppliers. Muslim Consumer spending also continued to increase, especially on the demand for financial services, investment and insurance, halal food, Muslim dress and kosher travel. Even the non-Muslim market today are interested in products and services based on the ethos of Islam that Islamic economics and social consciousness manifested in various sectors. ”

Key issues to be discussed at the WIEF to-12 including sukuk for financing infrastructure, the integration of the halal sector and Islamic finance, industrial expansion global halal food industry development in Muslim fashion global, improving access to finance for SMEs, to integrate SMEs into the digital economy, building more equity platform, crowd funding, spur innovation by connecting the star with its ups and instilling a culture of design thinking for business. In addition, the forum will also be presenting several sessions of discussion about the creative industries, tourism and Islamic halal food market which would also benefit from the rapid growth of Islamic economic potential is not only limited to the Muslim world but can be evolved through a broader partnership with the Community International.

WIEF 12th managed by the WIEF Foundation and organized by the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the Secretariat of State and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the Republic of Indonesia. This year’s Forum will continue to bridge the business world by providing a networking platform for delegates who wish to engage with potential business collaborators and investors and to countries that intend to show trade opportunities and expand their business. This networking platforms including Complementary programes, Exhibition, IdeaPad, Business Exchange, 12th WIEF Linked Up and Business Networking Breakfast (BNB).

WIEF 12th attended by more than 2500 delegates from 69 countries and 152 important guests: including world leaders, sixth ministerial forum about 51 speakers, 55 speakers complementary programs, 15 presenters and 16 actors ideapad business exchanges from around the world. The speakers come from various countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, USA, UK, Italy, Kenya, Ethiopia, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Sweden, South Africa, Spain and Australia.

Delegates can also attend the forum Marketplace of Creative Arts (MOCAfest) which will be held August 3 to 4, 2016. MOCAfest organized with the aim of bridging the dynamic relationship between the business sector and the arts. MOCAfest this year focuses on the creative artistic expression of various dynamic culture which is owned by various communities in Indonesia. This event is the concept of ‘Unity in Diversity’ is packaged as an Indonesian official motto of “Unity in Diversity” which is expected to promote the spirit of peace and prosperity throughout the world. *** (RM)

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