The Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration invited delegates from a number of ASEAN countries to visit Semara Ratih, Taro Kelod Village, Gianyar, recently. The visit was in series of activities for the Senior Official Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (SOMRDPE) Indonesia in 2022. “We chose Semara Ratih at Taro Kelod because we want to show off directly the beauty of the village to delegates from a number of ASEAN countries,” said Director General of Village and Rural Development, Sugito.
So far, maybe this kind of activity is carried out at hotel. “Today, we are really packing in the position that exists in the community like this at Taro Village. We do not just tell stories because it is not good for us to tell stories about villages at hotel, and this time it is really a village. By that way, people can also have the impact, and invited guests can see it directly and we can also empower the community,” said Sugito.
SOMRDPE activities were expected to be a medium to share in the context of developing a tourism village. “So, this activity is expected to have a sharing experience in the context of developing tourism villages, especially for development and poverty alleviation, including optimizing the existing resources at the village because every village has different potential and diversity of culture, nature as well as social. So, if it is packaged well and collaborated with stakeholders, this will provide optimal results,” said Sugito.
Through this activity, fellow ASEAN countries are expected to exchange information on experiences and even visit each other for the development of tourism villages. The natural beauty of Taro Village is fantastic. Delegates from various ASEAN countries are very impressed with the natural beauty of Taro, and will tell about it in their country. This is the strength of Bali tourism based on Tri Hita Karana which is a high social capital for the progress of Bali. “Tri Hita Karana, which is the guideline for Balinese people, is one of the extraordinary strengths of social capital. I have confidence that Bali can become an embryo to go international in addition to other villages,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, the Head of the Bali Province Village Community Empowerment Service, Putu Anom Agustina, on behalf of the Governor of Bali, expressed his gratitude for choosing Bali as the venue for the activity because it could re-strengthen Bali tourism, which had been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, the SOMRDPE 2022 activity is expected to be a moment for Bali’s revival. “I hope this event can be a good moment to support local economic recovery with a series of national and international scale meetings organized in Bali,” he hoped.
Under the leadership of Governor I Wayan Koster, Bali has conceptualized economic development that is harmonious with nature and its contents by prioritizing the industrial sector agriculture, marine or fisheries sector, industrial sector, SMI sector, MSMEs, cooperatives, digital creative economy sector, and tourism sector. Thus, it provides benefits and added value in environmental, social, cultural and economic added value as well as in the order of life, and one of them is the development of tourism villages. (BTN/015)