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Ministerial Visit to Bali Confirms that IMF-World Bank Conference in October 2018 to Continue According to Plan

Bali News: Bali, IMF, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Mount Agung Volcano, Sri Mulyani, Luhut Bisar Pandjaitan, Danger Zone, Exclusion Zone
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As reported by, the Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs, Luhut Bisar Pandjaitan, visited Bali on Friday, December 22, 2017, to hold preparatory meetings for the October 2018 Summit of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

During that inspection trip, Luhut visited monitoring posts for the Mount Agung Volcano at Rendang in Karangasem Regency.

Despite the Mount Agung Volcano's current “Level IV – Awas” status, Luhut assured there is no reason not to go ahead with the IMF-World Bank meeting expected to attract more than 15,000 delegates and press to Bali.

“At this time, we saw directly the condition of Mount Agung from the Observation Post and received briefings from the Disaster Mitigation Team (PVMBG) that the danger zone is limited to an 8-10 kilometer radius from Mount Agung’s Peak,” said the Minister who was accompanied by the Indonesian Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani, the Governor of Bank Indonesia Agus Martowardojo, and the head of the Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG) Kasbani.

Luhut also explained that outside the “danger” or “exclusion zone” activities in Bali continue as normal with tourist activities at no threat. Luhut said the National Host Committee for the IMF-World Bank 2018 Summit continue to monitor Mount Agung while they maintain communications with the Meeting Team Secretariat of the IMF – World Bank Group.

The Coordinating Minister said that even if Mount Agung did erupt, that should not affect Bali’s ability to host the important meeting based on careful analysis and contingency plans now in place for even a major eruption.

The government has undertaken improvements on the Blimbingsari Airport at nearby Banyuwangi in case and need for an alternate airport arises.

Luhut said that President Widodo has issued instructions to all government agencies that planned meeting and activities in Bali should continue according to plan.

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