The IMF World Bank Meeting (IMF Event 2018) is an annual meeting to discuss the work on global financial and economic issues, including global economic outlook, poverty eradication, and aid effectiveness. Every year, the IMF and World Bank hold their annual meetings for two consecutive years in the USA and the third year in a member country. For this time, Indonesia is selected as the host country for IMF Event 2018. The international event took place at Nusa Dua, Bali on October 2018.
“I would like to congratulate the Indonesian people and Indonesia at large for being selected by the membership of the IMF and the World Bank Group to host the 2018 Annual Meeting. … This will be a great opportunity to showcase Indonesia, to showcase your culture, the beauty of your country and your economic and social achievements.”said the International Monetary Fund managing director, Christine Lagarde
The IMF Event 2018 in Bali is expected to have around 12.000 – 15.000 people for attending the event. This includes 3,500 delegates from 189 member countries, 1.000 media representatives, and more than 5.000 participants representing various fields from private sector, banking community, until government and academic institutions.
When it came to the venue, Nusa Dua Integrated Resort Complex provided accommodations and meeting places during The IMF Event 2018. Inside the area, there are two large convention centers, namely the Bali International Convention Center and the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center.
Considering the importance of this important Bali event, Indonesia government has taken serious measures to ensure all facilities including Bali MICE venues and infrastructure are well prepared. This includes the construction of a roundabout and an underpass from the airport to Nusa Dua in order to reduce heavy traffic flow. Moreover, the government also increased garbage cleaning activities to remove excess wastes on beaches and streets. This is aimed to create a cleaner and eye-pleasing environment for the delegates.
Attending The IMF Event 2018 is not only about serious discussions and seminars. Supported by The Ministry of Tourism, the government encourages all delegates travel around in Bali and discover wonderful Indonesia places. To start off, the Bali island itself has plenty of attractions from beautiful natural landscapes, white sands beaches, to cultural temples and famous dining destinations.
Aside from Bali, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, and Labuan Bajo, Flores were also ready for welcoming the delegates during the visit. For instance, take a look to the home of Komodo animals in Labuan Bajo where Komodo is known as indigenous animals that only exist exclusively in Indonesia. Flores has plenty diverse underwater dive sites, while Yogyakarta is a great place to feel the old Javanese tradition atmosphere through their historical ruins.
In the end, the IMF Event 2018 in Bali is expected to create lots of opportunities in the terms of promoting Indonesia tourism.