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Democracy in Ashes

Bali Democracy Forum December 7-8, 2017 Relocated to Tangerang, West Java

(12/3/2017) As reported by The Jakarta Globe, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made the decision to shift the 10th Bali Democracy Forum from the Island to Tangerang on the outskirts of Jakarta.

The decision to relocate the conference was made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, November 30, 2017, one day after Bali’s Airport reopened following a two-day closure caused by dust from erupting Mount Agung.

Cecep Herawan, director general for information and public diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, announced at a public press conference: "The government has decided to change the location of the 10th Bali Democracy Forum to the ICE [Indonesia Convention Exhibition] in Tangerang, Banten."

The annual conference was originally scheduled for December 7-8, 2017 in Bali in Nusa Dua. And, while Bali was now reopened for business, the decision to relocate to Tangerang was done in order to avoid any possible inconvenience to conference delegates.

The two-day closure of Bali’s airport on November 27, 2017, was made as a safeguard against the danger to civil aviation posed by volcanic dust from the erupting Mount Agung volcano. The two-day closure disrupted travel for an estimated 9,000 foreign tourists.

The Bali Democracy Forum is expected to welcome 29 national delegations and a number of representatives from international organizations.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo is scheduled to open the forum that will discuss democratic development in the Asia-Pacific Region.