Preparations will soon start for the ASEAN Summit, due to be held in Bali in November, Governor I Made Mangku Pastika has said.
The meeting of leaders from all member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will run from November 17 to 19 and will be preceded by an ASEAN Fair. Bali will also host the East Asia Summit on November 19.
“The ASEAN Fair will be held from three weeks before the summit until one week after the summit. So the island will be very busy for a full month. This international event needs serious preparations and we will make sure that all these events go smoothly and securely,” Pastika said.
Pastika said that the provincial authorities were liaising with the central government in Jakarta about preparations for the high-profile gathering, adding that the activity around the event would help to boost the local economy.
It would also provide a showcase for Bali’s hosting potential, Pastika said, and could lead to other prestigious forums and summits choosing the island as a venue.
“The theme of the ASEAN Fair is cultural and creative productivity. This theme suits Bali the best and we will use it as a chance to introduce the idea of organizing the World Cultural Forum in Bali,” he said.Filed under: Headlines