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Bali’s 144th IPU, Indonesian Diplomacy Opportunity To Attract Foreign Investors

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Nusa Dua, Bali is hosting the 144th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) which will be held from 20 to 24 March 2022.

With the existence of this world event, it is then projected that the door for investment from other countries as well as the possibility of establishing diplomacy in Indonesia will be wide open again.

Fadli Zon as the Head of BKSAP stated that Indonesia would use the IPU to be able to establish diplomacy with Iran.

Moreover, so far, national welfare has been prioritized in the economic or trade fields.

“Indonesia prioritizes national welfare through economic/trade activities so that diplomacy is prioritized, especially on trade and the economy,” explained the Gerindra Party politician (10/3).

The cooperation between Indonesia and Iran is even said to have been quite closely intertwined because the two parliaments are also members of the IPU.

“We have been working closely with the Iranian Parliament through global parliamentary forums such as PUIC, IPU and APA. We have shared common interests especially to support the Palestinian people and the benefit of the Muslims,” ​​concluded Fadli Zon.

In fact, it is not only parliamentary cooperation with Iran, but the man who has studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science has also held a meeting with the Algerian Ambassador.

According to Fadli Zon, the Algerian Ambassador wants bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and Algeria to be further enhanced.

“He (the Algerian Ambassador) expressed his hopes for the bilateral cooperation group between Indonesia and Algeria to be further enhanced because of the many historical relations between Indonesia and Algeria,” he said.

In the meeting with the Algerian Ambassador, Fadli Zon also invited them to attend in person at the 144th Inter-Parliamentary Union in Bali.

The continuity of the event will of course also have an effect on the return of the wheels of the economy, which had stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was conveyed directly by the Deputy Chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Agency (BKSAP) Putu Supadma.

According to him, tourist destinations in Bali will be able to be visited again by travelers from abroad and can rise from adversity.

“Early 2022 will start the rise of tourism which will ultimately contribute to economic development for the community. Especially in Bali, because this region’s tourist destination is one of the worst,” he said in a live broadcast on Instagram @dpr_ri (14/3).

It’s not just the tourism sector, but Putu also projects that the MSME sector in Bali will also be helped.

The reason is because it is possible that IPU participants from various countries will be interested in Balinese handicrafts.

“Especially in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), participants from various countries can buy Balinese handicrafts, such as Balinese weaving or Balinese statues,” he said.

Furthermore, because the IPU participants were reported to have arrived earlier before the scheduled hearing and there was also the possibility of them delaying their return, it was said that it was not only the economy in Bali that would improve.

However, several other tourist destinations include the Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY), the Special Capital Region (DKI) Jakarta, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), and West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).

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