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New statistics to track development of creative economy

The Central Statistics Agency (BPS), in collaboration with the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf), has launched a new set of statistics to track progress in the country’s creative economy.

The statistics consist of specific macro economic data on the industry and the results of a creative economy survey.

Bekraf head Triawan Munaf suggested the data would help Bekraf be more efficient in its financial planning, which was needed given that the government cut the institution’s budget by Rp 100 billion (US$75.3 million) to Rp 900 billion for next year.

“The statistics are good, so we can track the effectiveness of the budget [spending],” he said during the launch event in Jakarta on Thursday.

According to the data, the creative economy contributes Rp 852.24 trillion (US$64.17 billion) to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), employs 15.9 million people and exports goods and services valued at US$19.36 billion. Triawan said Bekraf was targeting to increase the workforce to 17 million people and exports to $21.5 billion by 2019.

BPS creative economy research and development director Wawan Rusiawan said the statistics would be improved in the future by adding more details, such as royalty income and loans obtained by the industry. BPS would issue the statistics every year.

“The creative economy research department is relatively new and still has a limited number of people; our capacity is currently one publication per year, but later we want to make it twice a year,” he told The Jakarta Post. (evi)

Source: Jakarta Post