Government to Ensure IMF-WB Meeting Stay in Bali
By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Saturday, December 23 2017 - 21:00 IWST
World Bank (Foto Ist)
INDUSTRY.co.id - Karangasem - The Government ensures that the World Bank International Monetary Fund (IMF-WB) Annual Meeting in October 2018 is still going on in Bali, although up to now Gunung Agung is still on the lookout.
"There is no problem to worry about this operation related to Gunung Agung," said Chairman of National Committee of Implementation of IMF-WB 2018 Annual Meeting Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan while visiting Mount Agung Observation Post in Rendang District, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Friday (22/12 / 2017)
Also attending the visit were Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Bank Indonesia Governor Agus Martowardojo.
Luhut said the potential of Mount Agung eruption is currently not too worrying and the government has prepared various anticipations that enable the international event to be held in Bali.
To that end, the government will send a circular to the embassy relating to the condition of Bali that has been free from the condition of "emergency response", so that countries still worried about Mount Agung want to revoke the status of travel (travel warning).
In addition, the government through the Minister of Finance continues to communicate with the IMF-WB Meetings Team Secretariat (MTS) in Washington DC, USA on the aspects of security and risk mitigation so that the preparation of the annual event runs smoothly.
"We have already 'embarked' the embassy and have issued a circular on Gunung Agung. The Minister of Finance has also communicated with the IMF-WB that there is no problem and the implementation of the IMF-WB takes place as planned and there is no change at all," said Luhut as quoted by Antara.
However, for the worst possibility of Ngurah Rai Airport closure due to eruption, the government has been alerting nearby airports such as Banyuwangi and Surabaya in anticipation or a backup plan.
Based on information from the relevant ministry and agency authorities, Status Level IV or Awas only applies to a radius of 8-10 km from Mount Agung. Outside the area, all activities in the area of Bali run normally so it is safe for the activity of tourist visits.