JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno said that currently some State-Owned Enterprises employees, who are based in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, are starting to work remotely from Bali.
The move is expected to restore Bali's economy, which has been experiencing an economic downturn since the first quarter of last year after the Covid-19 pandemic hit hard its tourism industry. The Indonesian resort island has been relying heavily on tourism, but it has been hit the worst of anywhere in the country following the domestic and international travel restrictions.
“We knew several ministry activities were carried out from Bali and we thank the ministries and many businesses that have started the program," Sandiaga told the Weekly Press Briefing on Monday, June 14.
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Besides, Sandiaga said, several political parties held their activities, including the national meeting, in Bali. Previously, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy had already initiated the Work from Bali program early this year. Currently, his office continues to call on various sectors to support the program.
"I met several colleagues from the National Development Planning Agency, State-Owned Enterprises such as PLN, Telkom, and creative economy entrepreneurs who already started the Work From Bali program. Political parties have also carried out national meeting activities in Bali," he explained.
Sandiaga hopes that the implementation of the Work From Bali program can immediately restore the local tourism sector. Therefore, he also called on the public to get vaccinated to help stem the spread of Covid-19. It is hoped that herd immunity will begin in Bali, Yogyakarta, Batam, Bintan, and Jakarta from July to August this year.
(Writer: Kiki Safitri | Editor: Bambang P. Jatmiko)