Although he was in joint leave period, the Regent of Badung AA Gde Agung worked in the office as usual on Monday (Oct 14). Even, accompanied by Chairperson of the Badung Handicraft Council Mrs. Ratna Gde Agung, Regent Gde Agung made his time to receive the visit of Warwick Pursier with his son Poly Pursier, a creative designer, John Hardy from Karya Tangan Indah and the pioneer of ecotourism from Tabanan Agung Prana.
In the meeting held in the Badung Civic Center, Gde Agung said that Badung government played an active role in the development of the economic potential of the region, especially in the effort to facilitate the growth of SMEs by building synergies and connectivity to tourism businesses. Small industry is one of the excellent potentials expected to be an important driver for the economic growth in the region of Badung County.
It was revealed that Wariwhick truly had known the economic potential and Balinese culture since 1968. He had been very often to come to Bali including making a visit to Taman Ayun Temple and Mengwi Grand Palace. So, it was no wonder if Warwick seemed very familiar with Regent Gde Agung.
Wariwhick gave more attention to eco-friendly crafts and even started working on the concept of green environment. He was also very committed to help the efforts to improve the environmental quality. In addition, the materials of his works were dedicated to continuously commit to the environmental preservation (pro-environment).
Wariwhick himself had been active in Indonesia, especially in Bali since 1968. His party claimed to be ready to help develop the quality of human resources, especially to support the development of SMEs in Mengwi. One of them was in the effort to develop the art market with the emphasis on the capacity-building and the community development, especially the SMEs and cooperatives.
In this regard, Regent Gde Agung welcomed what Wariwhick delivered. According to him, it was in line with the efforts of Badung County intensively developing the SMEs. One of the efforts was building synergies between tourism industry and SME crafters by introducing their products at the APEC meeting in Badung. Even, the SMEs had become the priority sector where the SMEs was the theme of the development of Badung County in 2013 and 2014. (BTN/r)