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Boosting Bali Local’s Economy through Banjar Creative Space

After 2 years of the pandemic, Bali is still struggle to bounce back with their tourism.

So many ideas already being brought by the government to help bali’s tourism sector getting back like before the pandemic started. Besides the tourism sector, the Indonesian ministry also trying to enhance the economic sector by empowering the program Banjar Creative Space. Banjar Creative Space Bali is a community empowerment program and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (UMK) players in Bali Province.

This empowerment is based on the economic, social, and cultural potential that exists in Banjar or the local community at the level of the Rukun Warga (RW). Pertamina distributed funds for the Social and Environmental Responsibility (TJSL) program worth IDR 2 billion and cooperated with the Indonesia Creative City Network (ICCN) and was also facilitated by the Ministry of SOEs.

SOE Minister Erick Thohir when visiting the implementation of the Banjar Creative Space in Banjar Taman Kelod, Ubud, Monday (27/12) then expressed his appreciation to Pertamina for holding this program. According to Erick, in the middle of an uncertain economic situation, Pertamina is always there for the country. “We continue to guard Balinese culture, one of which is the applause that Pertamina brings to Banjar-Banjar and has a great value.

Imagine, one Banjar is IDR 200 million worth. So, this is extraordinary, the commitment is there for the continuity of the central government, local government, and the community,” said Erick. According to Erick Thohir, with the uncertain economic situation, it’s not the time to complain, it’s time to wake up because the investment has to keep going. As the host of the G20, investment in Bali, especially in infrastructure, needs to be increased, including community empowerment which must also be carried out.

“We want to make Bali a Super Hub rather than marine tourists where the point is here, then it will spread to other islands,” added Erick. The Banjar Creative Space event showcases various sectors such as Organic Agriculture, stone and wood sculpture sculptors, and Atte woven crafts. These activities aim to develop a Banjar community-based community empowerment program in the fields of economy, environment, education, and health, and it targets 10 banjars in the province of Bali.

Various empowerment activities have been carried out in every Banjar, one of which is in Banjar Taman Kelod Ubud. The community in Taman Kelod was given economic business training such as painting, painting bag crafts, and carving sculptures. Pertamina also provides facilities and health education assistance, learning facilities assistance, and educational books in PAUD, as well as assistance with traditional dance facilities.

Pertamina did the same thing in Banjar Geriana Kauh Karangasem. Activities carried out include the development and training of economic businesses such as weaving, woven crafts, and carving sculptures. Moreover, there are organic farming training, destination branding training, digital marketing training, product development training, and waste management.

President Director of Pertamina Nicke Widyawati said Banjar Creative Space Program is in line with Pertamina’s TJSL program to support Bali as the host of the G20 in 2022. The TJSL program is also part of Pertamina’s commitment in implementing Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) in various business lines as well as implementing ISO 26000, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “With this assistance from Pertamina, we fully support efforts to increase community independence and contribute to the Community Economic Empowerment Program, Improvement of Education Facilities, Provision of Health Facilities (Posyandu), and Improvement of the Banjar Traditional Bale,” added Nicke when symbolically handing over the assistance to the Banjar Creative Space Program in the west area that was located in Banjar Taman Kelod, Yeh Embang Kauh, Bilukpoh Tegal Cangkring, Central Baturiti, and Ubung Jimbaran, last Monday (27/12).

In another time, Minister of Cooperatives and SMEs Teten Masduki welcomed the use of Balai Banjar in Badung Regency, Bali as a productive economic activity for the community. This is manifested by the establishment of Banjar Creative Space (BCS) as a creative center that will revive the economy of the people of Badung Regency. “The Banjar Hall, which is usually used as a center for cultural, social, and religious activities, is a center for community activity, so it is very appropriate to also use it for productive economic activities for residents,” he said at the Inauguration of the Banjar Samuan Creative Community Management as well as the signing of the MoU with the Supporting Ecosystem. BCS in Badung Regency, Bali, Saturday (30/10/2021). According to Teten, as many as 4,600 banjar halls recorded throughout the province of Bali are potential infrastructure networks and human resources for the development of MSMEs.

With the BCS, creative young people in the banjar can maximize their potential to learn, practice, be creative, collaborate, and build their business. From the banjar, it is also hoped that superior products can be scaled up to be pushed into national and international markets,” said Teten. Teten hopes that the existence of this BCS can be a motor that accelerates the digital transformation of Badung MSMEs.

The reason is, in the midst of a pandemic and in the era of digital disruption, the digital capabilities of MSMEs are very crucial to be developed. According to him, there needs to be an ecosystem approach from upstream to downstream for digital transformation, starting from training, mentoring, factory sharing, financing, and market access.

“I believe this will be a role model. This can also be an inspiration for the use of the banjar, a center for community activities to have an impact on the welfare of the community,” he said. In addition, Teten also invited creative young people at BCS to continue to develop local MSME products and later collaborate with Smesco Hub Timur. “The East Smesco Hub at ITDC Nusa Dua is an effort to help superior products from Bali and eastern Indonesia enter the export market. Agro-based products, tribal products, spa and herbal products will be priority products facilitated by East Smesco Hub,” he said. . In the same place, Badung Regent I Nyoman Giri Prasta emphasized that with the existence of BCS, his party is ready to support programs from the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs to develop MSMEs so that they will be successful in exporting.

“I hope that in the future this initiative can make BCS a driving force for the community’s economy in Badung Regency. Hopefully we can become a role model for utilizing facilities for the creative economy,” said Nyoman. The initiator of BCS and Chair of the Badung Economic Art Creative Hub (Beach) Inda Trimafo Yudha added that BCS is proof that his party is working hard to build a creative ecosystem in Bali. “The banjar hall will be equipped with a fiber optic internet network that is covered throughout the Badung area. This is a potential that must be maximized because the hall has so far only been used for religious activities. It is not used every day. space,” said Inda. According to him, there are three things that will be done at BCS later.

The first is to create creative MSMEs, one of which is through the East Smesco Hub which is a window for exports to national and global markets. “This BCS is a nursery for the East Smesco Hub,” he said. Second, BCS will also produce creative talents and third, BCS can be a place for elementary, middle, high school, and university children to study online with existing facilities.