UNR Chancellor: Chosen as the Location for the G20 Summit, Proof that Bali is Still the “Window of The World”
DENPASAR – In the journey of tourism in Bali, which began long before the independence period, it has had many nicknames. One of them, according to the Chancellor of Ngurah Rai University (UNR) Bali, Dr. Ni Putu Tirka Widanti, SS., MBA., MM., M. Hum is The Window of The World.
This nickname emerged when Bali became the location of the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit this year, and at its peak will take place on 15 – 16 November 2022 in Nusa Dua, Bali, where the highest leaders from 19 countries attended, consisting of South Africa, United States, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russia, France, China, Turkey and a European Union agency. In addition, a number of world leaders and institutions outside the G20 will also be invited, so that news about the world can be seen from what happened at the meeting.
According to this environmental activist in the bamboo sector, “By holding the 17th G20 in Bali, in my opinion, as a stimulus and proof for Bali, Bali is still a “window of the world”. At the same time, Bali is still trusted by the world, because Balinese people are trusted. is still consistent, Bali is still safe against visits from foreign tourists.”
As a Balinese and a leader at Ngurah Rai University Bali, of course, we are very grateful and welcome the 17th G20 Summit in Indonesia, especially in Bali.
Of course, the choice of Bali as the host of this very important meeting in the world, according to Putu Tirka, must have gone through certain processes and stages of preparation, negotiation and also various policies that have also been implemented to make this event a success. Well, I also as the community and the leadership of Ngurah Rai University congratulate the Indonesian government and the Bali government for being successful and able to oversee the process until it was decided the sustainability of the G20 in Bali.
“And realizing that the world of tourism is very “fragile” or vulnerable to conditions and natural and security situations as a whole. Moreover, we have just experienced the COVID-19 Pandemic, where we are all trying and trying hard as a whole and holistically to get out of this multidimensional crisis.”
According to Putu Tirka, the 17th G20 will be held in Bali as a stimulus for Bali’s recovery in all fields.
Putu Tirka explained that the UNR academic community has a “chit chat” program where a casual chat with residents from abroad, “We launch our program every month, asking how their impressions and messages are after visiting Bali. And that is valid and reliable data. We will take it as input to local governments in particular, so that Bali will remain a destination, local, national and global.”
Back to the G20, since the event was launched, the UNR academic community, through their network, has played an active role in picking up the ball. Also outlining the G20 theme “recover together, recover stronger, including the UNR graduation and graduation activities.
Putu Tirka said that his party had actively participated in several pre-G20 summit activities that had taken place, “We also participated in the development group meeting held in Nusa Dua in August 2022. Also our lecturers and students in the pre-KTT Values Twenty which is held for 2 days on 20 and 21 October 2022, where our students are in 2 groups. The first group attends a conference in 2 days, and one of our group, namely our business incubator or Inbis we hold an exhibition of their business products at the pre-KTT Values Twenty. So they play a very important role in participating in the G20. The benefit is that there is real education that our children get interactively.”
Regarding the leadership of the Jokowi Presidency at the G20, according to Putu Tirka, he is very exemplary, “As a leader he is full of simplicity and innocence, he is very active and wise too. Wise and brave to take the risk, dare to take risks on world problems.”. (*)