The Bali-Japan cooperation efforts undertaken by various components to date have been progressing well. Partnership in the area of culture, tourism, education and others has already been showing significant results. To further strengthen and focus the partnership, Nagaoka Sensei, a senior figure of the Denpasar-Fukuoka Brotherhood, affirmed that the endeavor would be expanded to economic area at Matakken Gakko, Kesiman, Wednesday (Feb 28). Specifically, it would be focused on creating the young and talented Bali entrepreneurs based on modern knowledge.
The meeting in Matakken Gakko related to the second memorial day of the founding father of the Matake Sensei serving as the foundation of the Bali-Japan partnership. Related to the ideals of Matake Sensei, accompanied by senior figures such as I Gusti Kompyang Pujawan, Chairman of the Denpasar-Fukuoka Brotherhood AA Ngurah Widiada and Chairman of the Denpasar Education Board Dr. Putu Rumawan Salain, Nagaoka re-affirmed the commitment of relationship based on mutual understanding of both parties. In this entrepreneurial focus, he would bring in a lecturer from a university in Niigata, Prof. Miyawaki, and appointed an institute namely the Graduate Institute of Entrepreneur Studies to make possible cooperation with various educational institutions in Bali.
“We first explore the cooperation with Saraswati Foreign Language College (STIBA) and other universities getting interested,” he said accompanied by Mrs. Betty from STIBA. It was also conveyed that in the context of Bali-Japan, the Japanese government was opening the door wide to workers from Indonesia, especially from Bali. The impact of tsunami some time ago caused the workers from other countries such as China to go home and did not come back. This had opened up opportunities for workers from Indonesia. Moreover, continued Nagaoka, the visit of President of the RI Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono some time ago to Japan was a good indication for the relations of both countries.
Meanwhile, Rumawan Salain welcomed the offer and the opportunity would also be taken by the Udayana University, particularly the Faculty of Economics. He said it was an important step to develop young entrepreneurs so that they could have wide perspective with international basic competency. Both Pujawan and Ngurah Widiada, admitted what they did was merely for the progress of Bali in all the aspects of life. Coincidentally, the partner of cooperation was Japan having emotional and historical ties as well as close relationship to Bali. “In addition to education, we also have a greening program,” said Widiada. (BTN/055)