Officials from the Bank of Indonesia have urged the business sector in Bali to stop their dependence on the tourism industry post pandemic.
Despite the increase of economic growth in Bali in the Q2 of 2021 (2.83%) in comparison with data from Q1 of 2021, the Head of the Bank of Indonesia for Bali, Trisno Nugroho stated that the current partial lockdown might reduce the economic activity in the third quarter of 2021. “The business sector that has a direct relation to tourism might be affected by the current partial lockdown policy, and this should be the start of our economic transformation in Bali.” Nugroho said.
He also warned that a dependency on the tourism industry makes the economy in Bali vulnerable. This had been proven several times over the years prior to the global pandemic. For instance, when Mount Agung erupted and 911 happened that also negatively affected Bali’s economy. Nugroho proposes that the provincial government starts to develop other sectors such as agriculture, creative economy, digital economy and education as their new source of economic growth, apart from the tourism sector in the near future.
Nugroho proposes the government takes 5 strategic steps in transforming Bali’s economy such as:
- Ensuring that all accommodation businesses across Bali are certified with Clean, Health, Safety and Environment (CHSE)
- Supporting the smaller businesses in growth
- Accelerating the regional spending through infrastructure development
- Supporting the agricultural sector to implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) through digital farming
- Starting to use cashless payment methods
Other than that, Nugroho also reminds the government to keep rapidly distributing the Covid-19 vaccine to help overcome this crisis.