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The Show Must Go On!

Indonesia’s Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik Says Bali International Park Must Go Ahead.

(9/9/2011) Indonesia’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik insist that Bali as an international tourism destination is still lacking a sufficient number of international meeting venues. The Minister told Beritabali.com that because of this insufficiency, the government would go ahead with plans to support the building of the Bali International Park (BIP) convention facility to host the APEC Summit coming to Bali in 2013.

“In connection with APEC summit, we are still lacking sufficient meeting rooms. In Bali we have two (convention centers) in Nusa Dua, but they are insufficient. For 2015 this is (also) insufficient,” said Wacik in Denpasar on Wednesday, September 7, 2011.

“We have taken the initiative of creating a new complex like that at Nusa Dua (BTDC), such as the Bali International Park (BIP) in Jimbaran. This needs to be socialized, we have to be patient. In this era of democracy, there will never be a decision on which everyone will agree; there will always be dissent. Because of democracy, we must be patient, we must go slowly,” explained Wacik.

The Minister insisted that the Bali International Park (BIP) project must move ahead. Said Wacik: “This must proceed because it is good for Bali, in order to remain competitive with Singapore. At this time we still have a lack of convention centers.”

The government plans that the BIP project will provide accommodation for the national leaders expected to attend the APEC Summit in 2013. Effusing, Minister Wacik said: “We will give the international heads of state a memory in the place we are planning. This will become a memory for them for the rest of their lives.”

Minister Wacik underlined that there is a Presidential decree covering the construction of the BIP. “There is a presidential decree, let’s be more serious, let not obstruct the process. Without the presidential decree, the process will be even weaker. There’s a presidential decree, so let's be more serious about the future of Bali,” Wacik said.

Wacik admitted that there still remained several obstacles to the building of the BIP in connections with the APEC Summit in 2013. Said Wacik: “There are still one or two problems. For a big project like this in the democratic era things cannot go smoothly like when the Nusa Dua complex was built. In the past former president Soeharto would issue an order, and things would immediately happen. Now, in this democratic era, all must be discussed beforehand and there must be those who oppose. But slowly we will keep pushing for this to go ahead.”

The BIP Project will occupy a space of 250 hectares with plans including convention facilities for the coming APEC Summit and an integrated tourism complex for Bali. The park will also include a peace monument together with a meeting facility capable of accommodating 10,000 delegates, an arts market, an exhibition hall and luxury accommodation for the heads of 21 nations expected to attend the 2013 meeting.

According to Frans Bambang Siswanto, a businessman driving the BIP project told Beritabali.com that the entire project will cost 2.7 trillion (US$306.8 million) and, while the project is targeted to serve the APEC Summit in 2013, the entire project will take 20 years to complete.

The project will require no public funds, paid for by a consortium of investors

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