Clo­ser re­la­ti­ons fos­te­red with Den­pa­sar, In­do­ne­sia

Mossel Bay Advertiser - - Kuns & Vermaak - Nic­key le Roux

The in­ter­na­ti­o­nal vi­sit to In­do­ne­sia by a de­le­ga­ti­on of the Mos­sel Bay Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty will f­or­ge clo­ser re­la­ti­ons be­t­ween Mos­sel Bay and the ci­ty of Den­pa­sar, Mos­sel Bay exe­cu­ti­ve ma­yor Al­der­man Har­ry Le­ven­dal said at the monthly coun­cil meet­ing on T­hurs­day, 1 No­vem­ber.

Alt­hough a for­mal re­port will be ta­bled in due cour­se, the mu­ni­ci­pal ma­na­ger, Ad­vo­ca­te T­hys Gi­li­o­mee, told the Mos­sel Bay Ad­ver­ti­ser that im­por­tant les­sons on in­ter­na­ti­o­nal tra­de and re­la­ti­ons we­re le­arnt and va­lu­a­ble con­tacts we­re es­ta­blis­hed du­ring the vi­sit.

The ma­yor and mu­ni­ci­pal ma­na­ger we­re par­ti­ci­pants of an of­fi­ci­al de­le­ga­ti­on that in­clu­ded, a­mong ot­hers, the We­stern Ca­pe MEC of Fi­nan­ce and In­ter­na­ti­o­nal Re­la­ti­ons, Dr I­van Mey­er.

Mos­sel Bay mu­ni­ci­pal coun­cil­lors An­ton Del­le­mi­jn, E­ri­ka Mey­er and Ma­rie de K­lerk joi­ned the tour at their own ex­pen­se.

The vi­sit was in­ten­ded to im­pro­ve tra­de re­la­ti­ons be­t­ween the We­stern Ca­pe, and no­ta­bly Mos­sel Bay and In­do­ne­sia and to furt­her the ne­go­ti­a­ti­ons on twin­ning ar­ran­ge­ments be­t­ween the ci­ty of Den­pa­sar and the Mos­sel Bay Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty.

"Ac­cor­ding to a P­ri­ceWa­ter­hou­seCoopers re­port In­do­ne­sia will be the fifth lar­ge­st e­co­nomy in the wor­ld by 2030.

"Cur­rent­ly, the e­co­nomy is gro­wing by 6% per y­e­ar," Ma­yor Le­ven­dal said. He un­dersco­red the re­le­van­ce of the first wor­ld con­di­ti­ons the­re, alt­hough In­do­ne­sia is seen as a de­ve­lo­ping coun­try.

"The hos­pi­ta­li­ty we ex­pe­rien­ced, the tou­rism-fo­cu­sed ap­pro­ach by all we met, the cle­an­li­ness and friend­li­ness, I will al­ways re­mem­ber," the ma­yor ad­ded.

He said he was most im­pres­sed with the small, me­di­um and mi­cro en­ter­pri­se de­ve­lop­ment fo­cus of the In­do­ne­si­an go­vern­ment.

With re­spect to Mos­sel Bay, se­ver­al spe­ci­fic op­por­tu­ni­ties we­re in­ves­ti­ga­ted and ex­pan­ded on, such as the pos­si­bi­li­ty of beef ex­port to In­do­ne­sia, the de­ve­lop­ment of an o­ce­ans e­co­nomy, op­por­tu­ni­ties cen­tred on the har­bour as well as tou­rism-cen­tric op­por­tu­ni­ties fo­cu­sed on the his­to­ri­cal, cul­tu­ral and gas­tro­no­mic sp­he­res.

A let­ter of in­tent, ai­med at im­pro­ving fu­tu­re tra­de, in­du­stry and tou­rism re­la­ti­ons be­t­ween Den­pa­sar and Mos­sel Bay, was sig­ned by ma­yor Le­ven­dal and the ma­yor of Den­pa­sar, Rai D­har­ma­wi­ja­ya Man­tra on Mon­day, 15 Oc­to­ber.

Af­ter meet­ing with the Ho­no­ra­ry Con­sul of South A­fri­ca in In­do­ne­sia, who al­so is an ad­vis­or to the chair­man of the Ba­li Bu­si­ness C­ham­ber, Ba­gus Su­di­bye, was he­ar­ti­ly in­vi­ted to the next Di­as and Port Fe­s­ti­val in 2019.

"We ha­ve so much to le­arn from the tou­rism-cen­tred ap­pro­ach, a fol­low-up meet­ing with tou­rist o­pe­ra­tors is pro­po­sed," Ad­vo­ca­te Gi­li­o­mee said. It is en­visa­ged that a me­mo­ran­dum of un­der­stan­ding will fol­low the let­ter of in­tent and that t­his of­fi­ci­al vi­sit will be but the first of a se­ries of ex­chan­ges be­t­ween not on­ly the two ci­ties but al­so be­t­ween the two coun­tries.

We ha­ve so much to le­arn from the tou­rism-cen­tred ap­pro­ach, a fol­low-up meet­ing with tou­rist o­pe­ra­tors is pro­po­sed.

The exe­cu­ti­ve ma­yor, Al­der­man Har­ry Le­ven­dal and mu­ni­ci­pal ma­na­ger, Ad­vo­ca­te T­hys Gi­li­o­mee with the let­ter of in­tent sig­ned in In­do­ne­sia.

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