NEWS & NOTES
Bazzar Mandalika - the Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara - Lombok
NTB-ITDC Collaborates on Scholarship Programme Abroad
The efforts of the West Nusa Tenggara provincial government and ITDC to provide proper education to the next generation in the area have paid off with a budget allocated which will allow thousands of NTB youth to continue their studies abroad.
In addition to China, scholarship studies are planned for Poland, where the focus will be on science and technology, tourism and hospitality and other fields.
To be able to register as a recipient of a scholarship, NTB youth are required to meet acceptable levels in TOEFL and IELTS.
Mandalika MSME Bazaar Starts with Positive Results
ITDC has launched the MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) Mandalika Bazaar for the Mandalika tourist area with 303 units built so far. “The theme of the Mandalika Bazaar is as a centre for sales, exhibitions and displays of all the best products in West Nusa Tenggara,” said ITDC Director of Construction and Operations, Ngurah Wirawan. The kiosks consist of a MIkro Stall (2 x 2 metres); Small Stall (3 x 4 metres) and Food Stall (4 x 6 metres) with financing provided for traders to open up to markets they would have otherwise be unable to reach.
According to the UN, MSMEs are the backbone of most economies worldwide. Data provided by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), shows formal and informal Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) make up over 90% of all firms, and account on average for 60-70% of total employment and 50% of GDP.
These types of enterprises are responsible for significant employment and income generation opportunities across the world and have been identified as a major driver of poverty alleviation and development.
MSMEs tend to employ a larger share of the vulnerable sectors of the workforce, such as women, youth, and people from poorer households. MSMEs can even sometimes be the only source of employment in rural areas. As such, MSMEs as a group are the main income providers for the income distribution at the “base of the pyramid”. MSMEs should be the first responders to societal needs and provide the safety net for inclusiveness.
ITDC Animated About Prospects of Theme Park
ITDC continues to reinvent itself with new experiences and facilities such as the 2020 opening of the Cartoon Network theme park in Nusa Dua, its first international theme park in Indonesia able to attract up to 500,000 tourists per year.
The park will be Indonesia’s first to partner with an international brand, and it will be the first Cartoon Network-branded park with both indoor and outdoor attractions. Its waterpark area will be the largest on the island.
Key franchises that will be featured in the park are Ben 10, We Bare Bears, The Powerpuff Girls, and Adventure Time. Turner Asia Pacific licensed the CN brand to Indonesian real estate and hospitality investment company, The MAJ Group, which is developing the park. It will be integrated as part of the group’s larger development, The MAJ Nusa Dua complex, which includes multiple hotels and a golf course.
“Turner and The MAJ Group share the same vision of creating the ultimate family destination in Indonesia, and the entertainment park will combine world-class design with unparalleled Balinese hospitality,” said Ricky Ow, president of Turner Asia Pacific. “Above all, it will offer guests genuine fun powered by Cartoon Network, Asia’s leading kids entertainment brand.”
Other Cartoon Network-branded projects in Asia include the Cartoon Network Amazone waterpark in Thailand, IMG Worlds of Adventures in Dubai, and the Cartoon Network Wave cruise liner, launching later this year, with a home port in Singapore.