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    Creative Economy Encourages Regional Development in West Java Province

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    TERNATE CITY-West Java (West Java) Governor Ridwan Kamil said that creative districts / cities played a role in shaping the regional development vision framework.

    According to Emil - as Ridwan Kamil was called, the development of the creative economy (ekraf) in the West Java region which was classified as progressive made the West Java Provincial Government (Pemdaprov) committed to continue developing the ecraf.

    The commitment is stated in the Regional Regulation (Perda) of West Java Province Number 15 of 2017 concerning Creative Economy and Perda of West Java Province Number 10 of 2018 concerning Management of Intellectual Property.

    "West Java has 27 cities / districts. One-third of Indonesia's creative economy is in West Java. This will be the (potential) future," Emil said while attending the Indonesia Creative Cities Conference (ICCC) in Ternate City, North Maluku, Thursday (5/9/19).

    As one part of regional development, the West Java ecraf as stated by Emil contributed to the export of national ecraf in 2016 by 31.96 percent.

    In addition, continued Emil, West Java became the Top 3 contributor to gross domestic product (GDP) in the ecraf sector with an achievement of 11.81 percent or the third highest after the Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY) by 16.12 percent, and Bali by 12.57 percent.

    Meanwhile, a variety of eclectic commodities that develop in West Java include game developers, performing arts, films, music, photography, visual communication design, ceramic crafts, rattan crafts, handicrafts, fashion, batik, and bamboo.

    "(In) the national creative economy, West Java is among the biggest contributors (GDP ecfraf), this must continue to be improved," Emil said at the conference in the series of the Indonesia Creative Cities Festival (ICCF).

    As an architect, Emil calls himself a creative economy actor. Various iconic buildings have been firmly established as Emil's visual works, ranging from mosques, offices, to city parks.

    In West Java alone, Emil said he was collaborating with a content creator to train village children to be able to create creative content on digital platforms. The hope, the economy of rural children in West Java can grow through digital networks.

    Through digitalization development programs in approximately 5,000 villages, West Java people are also encouraged to utilize digital platforms to market creative products.

    In addition, the West Java Provincial Government is intensively building Creative Center Buildings in a number of districts / cities as part of a strategic project in 2019, including Creative Centers in Bekasi City, Bogor City, Cirebon City, Tasikmalaya City, and Kab. Purwakarta.

    "Hopefully the 27 regions (in West Java) each have a Creative Center. Because young people must be made busy positively. Those who like films make films, music please (use)," Emil added.

    Meanwhile, Chairman of the Indonesia Creative Cities Network (ICCN) Fiki Satari said, his party was present as a cross-community network to fight for the creative potential typical of cities / districts throughout Indonesia.

    There are 10 principles in building creative cities / districts, namely upholding social cultural diversity, being inclusive, protecting human rights, glorifying creativity, growing with a sustainable environment, maintaining historical wisdom, transparent, fair and honest, meeting basic needs, utilizing renewable energy, and providing proper public facilities for the community.

    "This is done for the purpose of community welfare, economic equality, solving everyday problems," said Fiki.

    Various ecraf sectors from architecture, film, to media innovation were supported by local wisdom from 16,000 islands, 1,300 traditions, and 700 languages ??owned by the country.

    "Diversity is manifested, collectively, we must realize creative Indonesia," said Fiki.

    Based on data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), continued Fiki, there are 8.2 million total ecraf businesses that are spread across Indonesia, with 60 percent of them in Java. The ICCN continues to encourage other regions to also develop in the creative sector.

    "The formula for developing creative areas, with Pentahelix, involves the government, business world, academia, community, and media," he said.

    By carrying out the theme 'Tara La No Ate' which in Ternate's local language means 'down to the bottom and enticing', ICCF 2019 itself is filled with classy events that can be a space to create cooperation between stakeholders in developing creative cities / districts.

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