The call for Work From Bali echoed after the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, intensified the Work From Bali program for the ministries under his coordination. The ministry employees will carry out their work from the island of Bali.
According to Luhut, this can help optimize the recovery of tourism in Bali. Especially to encourage hotel occupancy in Bali.
“Bali economy is depressed”
That sentence can describe the current condition of Bali. The sluggishness of the Balinese economy is also reflected in Bank Indonesia data. In the first quarter of 2021, Bali was in the lowest position in terms of economic growth. Sure enough, during that period, Bali’s economy contracted by 9,85%. The economic contraction felt by Bali was far greater than that of other provinces.
There is no other province in Indonesia that is economically depressed as badly as Bali. Compared to Central Kalimantan as the second worst-hit province, the economic contraction was only 3,12%. The economic contraction experienced by Jakarta was less than 2%, to be precise 1,65%.
The Head of the BI Province Bali Representative, Trisno Nugroho said, looking at other data, it is clear how the Balinese economy is so lagging. If the national economy appears to have started to recover from the second quarter of 2020, when contracted 5,32%, and improved in the first quarter of 2021 when only contracted 0,74%.
Bali’s economic recovery is classified as very slow. From a contraction of 11,06% in the second quarter of 2020, in the first quarter of 2021, the contraction is 9,85%.
“Compared to the national economic contraction of only 0,74%, the economic contraction in Bali is very deep, reaching 9,85%. From this data we can see why Bali needs help,” said Trisno Nugroho.