The United Kingdom’s Deputy Head of Mission to Indonesia and Timor-Leste, Rob Fenn, has praised Bali’s provincial government for the way it is handling the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and its aggressive approach to promoting green energy.
As reported by NusaBali, Rob Fenn expressed his appreciation towards Bali during a virtual audience held between Jakarta and Denpasar on Wednesday, 10 February 2021.
Fenn told Bali’s deputy governor, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace), that the United Kingdom continues to be plagued by COVID-19. He told Cok Ace that he admired how Governor Wayan Koster’s policies have addressed control of the coronavirus since its outbreak in 2020. In issuing his praise and thanks, Fenn said he spoke on behalf of the nearly 4,000 UK nationals living in Bali and the UK public in general.
Fenn, speaking online from the UK Embassy in Jakarta, said Bali’s administration had done much to provide comfort and peace of mind to British citizens living in Bali.
The second-in-command at the UK Embassy in Indonesia said Bali and the UK are working to enhance their already strong relationship. A symposium is now being prepared to discuss how Indonesia and Bali can cooperate in combating terrorism and infrastructure protection. Leading experts in these fields will join the webinar together with members of the provincial government in Bali and the Bali police.
Fenn gave a thumbs up to Bali’s policies supporting clean energy and the plans to use of battery-driven electric vehicles as representing an important contribution to the global war on climate change.
Fenn offered his assurances to the people of Bali that British tourists would return in significant numbers once the global pandemic situation permits.
Joining the webinar, Bali Governor Wayan Koster related how he took immediate action to control the spread of COVID-19 after the first case was identified in Bali carried by a UK visitor in March 2020.