TEMPO.CO, Yogyakarta – Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X said Monday, October 27, 2014, that the removal of the creative economy ministry would not have negative impacts on the province’s economy. According to the Sultan, Yogyakarta’s economy will continue to grow regardless of the existence of the ministry handling creative economy affairs.
Gonang Djuliastono, the head of Yogyakarta chapter of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) hopes the province's creative industries would not be affected by the elimination of the creative economy ministry.
“[Creative industries] must go on despite the absence of a ministry facilitating them, because there are no standards to set the value of the creative industry,” Gonang said.
Gonang added creative industries should not fret about aid funds either since the government could still earmark cash from other budget posts.
"Hopefully, creative economy would be covered by ministerial programs no matter how small their portions are," Gonang said.
PITO AGUSTIN RUDIANA