The Chief of Bali Police, Inspector General of Police Putu Jayan Danu Putra, has led the deployment of 2,514 police personnel in a series of security rehearsals ahead of the G20 Summit that will be held in Bali in November.
Speaking to the media, Inspector Putra explained ‘In Bali, 25 security events related to the G20 Presidency have been held [so far]. Dozens of these activities ran safely and smoothly. I would like to thank all personnel and components involved, for their dedication and hard work so that they can keep the Kamtibmas [security service] situation safe and conducive in Bali’.
Rehearsal and preparations will be held from the afternoon of Monday 22nd until Monday 29th August. The two-week operation has been launched to ensure that all security services are coordinating effectively ahead of the G20 Summit that will be held from 15-16th November. Although the main summit is only 2-days, high profile events are being held across Bali for delegations and work groups in the weeks just before and just after the main event.
This week’s security operation is also protecting a preliminary G20 workshop that is being held in Nusa Dua from the 24th-26th of August. The G20 Ministerial Conference on Women’s Empowerment (MCWE) is a meeting that is focusing on this year’s theme of ‘Recover Together, Recover Stronger to Close Gender Gap’. According to Inspector Putra, the event is being attended by over 1,600 invited guests, including delegations from each G20 nation and VIPs.
The G20 Summit in November will be held across six locations, with an additional four locations for gala dinners. Delegations and their families are also invited to attend any of the ten field trips that are planned in the days surrounding the event too.
In addition to the main G20 events, there are also major considerations to be made for the fact that the world leaders from the world’s 20 biggest economies will be attending in person. Although pressure is growing on world leaders in North America and Europe to take action against the confirmed attendance of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Inspector General Putu Jayan joined the press conference and shared that ‘it is necessary to pay special attention from all of us. Towards the peak of activities in November, it is necessary to be extra prepared by all personnel in securing all events that take place’.
He explained how all personnel have been ordered to take a collaborative approach at every stage of the security operation. He wants to ensure that all personnel is playing an active role in creating a sense of security in the Bali region, not just for the delegations of the G20, but also for local people and other visitors who will be traveling in Bali at the time.
Inspector Jaya confirmed the scope of the operations, he said ‘In this operation, the Bali Police involved 2,514 personnel consisting of Bali Police personnel and BKO personnel from the Police Headquarters. In addition, this operation was also supported by other security components and related stakeholders’. Security forces in Bali, the police, army, and government security services, will have to cooperate with international security teams too.
Authorities are working around the clock to ensure that tourism is not disturbed by the events of the G20 Summit and are hopeful that the major political event will help to boost Bali’s presence on the world stage, not only as a tourism destination but as a place for business and development.
Over the weekend, Bali Police launched a series of new regular patrols in the Kuta area, in partnership with the traditional village government (Banjar) to help eliminate crime against tourists. Tourists heading to Bali can expect to see an increased presence of police and pecalang (local security) and at times the military over the coming months.
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