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Bali Governor Urged Central Government To Give More Attention To Economic Crisis

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The Bali Provincial government has urged the central government to give more attention to the current economic condition that Bali has been facing since the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

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Bali Governor, I Wayan Koster urged the central government to find solutions for the current crisis that most of the people in Bali have been facing during the Covid-19 pandemic. “As the province that had the biggest financial contribution with foreign exchange before the pandemic struck, I just want to remind them not to leave us behind during these tough times.” Koster said at Apurva Kempinski, Nusa Dua on Friday (9/4).

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika) 

Koster urged the central government to provide assistance that would significantly help the economy to recover. “Many of our people in the tourism sector have been suffering. Tourism workers getting laid-off because the businesses were not capable of paying their salary, many of them even decided to close their operations. People in Bali have been patiently waiting, but we don’t know how much longer we can keep waiting for this uncertainty.” Koster added.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika) 

Koster explained that Bali had contributed around 29% of the total national foreign exchange earnings during normal conditions like in 2019 from the tourism sector. “I hope the central government can provide some assistance such as a soft loan program to the tourism sector in Bali like the hotels and restaurants to help them open during the pandemic.” Koster concluded. Koster is also optimistic that the situation will get better and probably back to normal again by 2023, and the businesses could eventually pay off their loans in the future.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika) 

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Kelvin Carlyle

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Bali needs to Export more Bamboo ,Coffee and Pork, plus set up Industry for Export Products such as Pharmaceuticals, Organic Chemicals{ including Seaweed Products } , Computer Chips , Perfumes , Honey, Orange Juice ,Coconut Oil and Water plus much more .

Randy

Monday 19th of April 2021

@Kelvin Carlyle, easy to say. The Indonesian central government does all the decision making.

Between Phuket and Bali, Bali is more advantageous be it cultural, surf, beaches, exceptional resorts or the natural abundance that it is to offer. Phuket is all about beach tourism, snowbirds, backpackers on a budget and the seedy night life. What's there to export? The land of the smile.

Wayan Bo

Sunday 11th of April 2021

Government of Malta has promised to each tourist who decide to stay in Malta less than three days a sum of € 200,-

Randy

Sunday 11th of April 2021

The urgency right now is to provide financial means to help folks and businesses affected by the pandemic. The return of tourism in the area is still skeptical. No one knows what will the next phase be as we are not out of the woods yet. Think ahead is one thing but there is more to do with folks in dire situation right now.