The 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit will have a positive impact on Bali in the future. When talking about the impact, we can probably distinguish between the direct and the indirect impact. Balinese people in remote villages, for example, are not directly affected by the presence or absence of the APEC or other similar meetings whether they are belong to national or international ones.
However, it must be remembered there are indirect effects that can be enjoyed by Bali in the future due to this international event, especially APEC. Dozens of presidents and heads of government are present. What does it mean? There is such a tremendous opportunity for Indonesia, primarily Bali, to be able to follow up this matter with appropriate and well targeted measures.
Then, let’s be back to direct and indirect effects. The event results in a polemic. Is this APEC actually useful to Bali or not? Obviously, for those who doubt the benefits of APEC, more losses are suffered by Bali than the benefits enjoyed. Bali indeed serves as the host, but the event organizer and everything related to it was from central government. All the trappings were from Jakarta. Closure of the Ngurah Rai Airport due to the arrival of the heads of state certainly harms many parties. It makes sense.
However, if we want to think more clearly and calmly, this indirect impact can be taken advantage maximally. Not all regions can bring in the heads of state from almost all over the world. Bali can and this makes proud/but it is uncertainly enough just by feeling proud of it. Then, what is the next? It is required a real measure to follow up this in the smaller-scale meetings, both in tourism sector and other wider sector. It’s not only Bali, but across Indonesia and Bali serves as the locomotive.
Once again, we should not be too long stuck in the dichotomy of direct or indirect benefits. Similarly, we may not get absorbed in different perspective when responding to a problem. Differences are natural and always exist. And it is a very reasonable, too. However, please bear in mind that APEC and anything related to it has featured the image of Bali in the eyes of international community. Well, we should be grateful. Now, we just need how to synchronize the central government, Bali and related associations to take direct action with working partners around the world.