The Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster Received Appreciation By The Minister of Home Affairs The 44th Bali Arts Festival

  • 13 Juni 2022
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The Governor of Bali Wayan Koster

DENPASAR, - The Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster received appreciation from the Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Police General (Purn.) Muhammad Tito Karnavian for his success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic on the island of Bali by providing bold policies. This appreciation was conveyed directly in front of thousands of spectators who attended the opening of the 44th Bali Arts Festival (PKB) 2022 on Sunday (Redite Wage, Kuningan) June 12,2022 at the Ardha Candra Art Center Open Stage, Denpasar.


In the opening ceremony of the 44th Bali Arts Festival featuring the ballet “Catur Kumba Mahosadhi”, the collaborative work of the Usadhi Langu Studio with ISI Denpasar, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Dr. H. Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, BBA., MBA, Ratu Sri Bhagawan Putra Nata Nawa Wangsa Pamayun, Consul General of Friendly Countries, Members of the DPR RI and DPD RI for the Bali Region, Vice Governor of Bali, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, Communication Forum for Regional Leaders of Bali Province , Chair and Deputy Chair of the Bali Provincial DPRD, Regional Secretary of Bali Province, Chair of the Bali Province Dekranasda, Putri Suastini Koster, Chair of the Bali Province BKOW, Tjokorda Putri Hariyani Ardhana Sukawati, Mayor and Regent Sen Regents in Bali, Artists, Cultural People, and Balinese People.


The Governor of Bali in front of the Minister of Home Affairs reported on the achievements of handling the COVID-19 Pandemic and Vaccination in Bali. Wayan Koster said that since the COVID-19 Pandemic first appeared in Bali on March 10, 2020, as the Head of the Task Force, I have been working really hard on Niskala-Sakala, leading the handling of the COVID-19 Pandemic, working extra hard with the Pangdam IX/Udayana, Bali Police Chief, and Mayor, Regents throughout Bali, as well as the active role of Perbekel, Lurah, Bandesa Adat, and various components of Balinese society. "Astungkara, the COVID-19 pandemic can be managed as well as possible, so that this pandemic continues to decline, since March 2022, it has been sloping and stable. It is indicated by, daily new cases of 10 to 20 people, cumulative cure rate reaching 97%, total Those who died are close to zero. The immunity level of the community reaches 98%. Then since June 6, 2022, according to the Instruction of the Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia Number 29 of 2022, Bali has been designated as PPKM Level 1, " Koster said .

Although many international meetings have been held in Bali, which were attended by hundreds of countries and thousands of participants, the COVID-19 pandemic in Bali has not experienced a significant increase. This is also strongly supported by the Booster Vaccination rate reaching 70%, the highest in Indonesia, and the discipline of all Balinese people to comply with health protocols, as many as 95% wear masks. "On behalf of the Regional Government, I would like to express my gratitude to His Excellency the President of the Republic of Indonesia, the Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia and all the Ministers of the Indonesian Advanced Cabinet, for their policies in handling the COVID-19 Pandemic in Bali. My gratitude is also conveyed to Mr. Pangdam IX/ Udayana, Bali Police Chief, Mayor, Regent throughout Bali, as well as Perbekel, Lurah, Bandesa Adat, and all components of Balinese society, for their hard work, mutual assistance, mutual assistance, in dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic," Koster added. 

Furthermore, the Governor of Bali from Sembiran Village, Buleleng said that more than 54% of Bali's economy depends on the tourism sector. As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, in 2020, Bali's economic growth contracted by -9.33% and in 2021 it experienced a contraction of -2.47%. In line with the continued improvement in the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been sloping and stable, in the first quarter of 2022, Bali's economic growth has been positive at 1.46%. Then since the implementation of a new policy without quarantine and Visa on Arrival facilities for foreign tourists from 72 countries, starting on March 7, 2022, Wayan Koster in his remarks said that foreign tourist visits have continued to increase, currently reaching 5 thousand people arriving per day. Likewise, domestic tourists continue to increase, reaching more than 10 thousand arrivals per day through I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport. In fact, the number of direct international flights to Bali continues to increase, currently reaching 18 airlines. "We all hope that the COVID-19 pandemic can continue to be managed properly, so that the momentum for the rise of tourism and the Balinese economy will run faster in the future until it reaches a growth rate, at least the same as before the COVID-19 pandemic," Koster concluded. 

While the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Ir. Joko Widodo who was represented by the Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. General of Police (Purn.) Prof. Drs. H. Muhammad Tito Karnavian expressed his appreciation to the Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster because in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, he was very brave in making decisions. "The Covid-19 pandemic is the biggest pandemic that has hit the whole world, Indonesia is no exception and we are grateful that we got through it. Then in handling it, we have zoom meetings almost every week led by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment of the Republic of Indonesia, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and followed by Governor Koster "In those meetings, I always note that the Governor of Bali is the most daring in making policy decisions by asking for the most vaccines. Then I ask whether or not the citizens can afford to be vaccinated? Governor Koster's courage to ask for the most vaccines, said the Minister of Home Affairs, has paid off. Where Bali, which implemented banjar-based vaccination, was successful in holding the Covid-19 vaccination by having the highest vaccination speed in Indonesia, even in the world for the population of Bali, which amounts to 4-5 million people. "For this success, I, as the Minister of Home Affairs, then asked other regions to imitate the province of Bali," the former National Police Chief said while stating that Bali led by Governor Wayan Koster has also successfully implemented booster vaccinations with the highest achievement in Indonesia, namely 70 percent. Regarding quarantine, the Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, received applause from thousands of Bali Arts Festival spectators who were present at the Ardha Candra Art Center. After the Minister of Home Affairs, Tito Karnavian, mentioned the Governor of Bali who dared to ask for a 7-day quarantine. "The governor of Bali prepared this policy by calculating various possibilities and managing it well. It turned out that the result was that Bali was safe, so this success was continued with a new policy where people who entered Bali without quarantine and the pandemic conditions were also safe, then Bali's success was imitated by other areas,"  Muhammad Tito Karnavian said while appreciating Governor Wayan Koster, because Bali has held a colossal parade and is no longer online, a hybrid at the Bali Arts Festival event. (Rls/Btnc)