Jakarta has a new virus fully supported by the government.
â€śWe call it virus K or the creative virus. We hope this virus will infect people in Indonesia to be more creative in order to develop creative industry in the country,â€ť Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu told journalists during a press conference of the Creative Economic Exhibition at Jakarta Convention Centre (JCC) on Friday.
The exhibition, which uses Virus K as its theme, presents 14 sub-sectors of local creative industries such as print, film, design, architecture, handcraft, music and games.
â€śVirus K will help the Indonesian creative industry compete with other nations.â€ť
According to Mari, between 2002 and 2006, the creative industry has gained Rp 104 trillion (US$10,5 billion) or 6.3 percent of national income.
â€śWe expect creative industry will contribute 7 percent to the national income next year.â€ť