Suara Denpasar – After retiring as Governor and Deputy Governor of Bali for the 2018-2023 period on September 5, 2023, Wayan Koster and Cok Ace received evaluations from a number of elements. Both from community leaders and academics.
As was done by the Student Executive Board (BEM) of Udayana University (Unud) Bali. They presented a study which became the evaluation of Wayan Koster and Cok Ace for 5 years as a Balinese couple. The study was entitled “Critical Study of the Implementation of the Vision of Bangun Sat Kerthi Loka Bali”.
The study was given directly by the President of BEM Udayana University, Putu Agus Padmanegara to Wayan Koster during the Handover of the Position of the Governor of Bali and Farewell to the Governor of Bali for the 2018-2023 period, Wayan Koster and Cok Ace at the Art Center, Denpasar, Friday (8/9), afternoon.
“This study is an integral part of efforts to support the government in measuring the impact and effectiveness of policies and programs that have been implemented for the last five years,” explained the President of BEM Unud, Putu Agus Padmanegara in a written statement, Sunday (10/9/2023) .
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“The aim is to provide a comprehensive view and constructive recommendations for the Provincial Government of Bali going forward in planning the development of the Province of Bali and making strategic decisions,” Padma continued.
In this study, BEM Unud assessed that during the leadership of Wayan Koster and Cok Ace, the development pattern of Bali was very tourism centric. So it ignores other aspects of development.
The following are 3 main evaluation points for BEM Unud during the leadership of Wayan Koster and Cok as the Governor and Deputy Governor of Bali for the 2018-2023 period.
1. Socio-Economic Sector
The Bali Provincial Government for the 2018-2023 period faces various challenges in maximizing leading sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and tourism, which still show lack of prosperity and instability. This is because development in Bali is very tourism centric, ignoring other potential sectors such as agriculture and fisheries.
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Even though the tourism sector is a fragile sector, especially after being shaken by the Covid-19 pandemic yesterday, which caused unemployment and poverty in Bali to increase. Even though the economic recovery is progressing, it is still not optimal. Therefore, other sectors that are more stable, such as agriculture and fisheries, must be of particular concern to the government.
Apart from that, the practice of Mass Tourism in Bali also creates quite serious problems, namely illegal foreign workers and foreigners who act as they please, in this case the Bali Provincial government must be serious about monitoring and enforcing the law.
2. Environmental and Agrarian Sector
The environment has an important role in sustainable development in Bali Province, however several problems such as the energy transition which is not yet concrete, the risks of LNG development in the Sidakarya area, waste problems, and problems related to the construction of the Bali Kerthi Toll Road are the main challenges that must be overcome in order to maintain environmental sustainability. Until now these problems have not been resolved.
3. Education Sector
The education sector in Bali Province has performed relatively well based on indicators such as school enrollment rates, literacy and gender development index. However, there are still several problems that need attention, including disparities in the distribution of teaching staff and facilities, the practice of illegal fees in some schools, as well as problems in the zoning-based selection system.
To improve the quality of education, the Bali Provincial Government needs to carry out further evaluations and actions to create a more optimal educational environment.
BEM Unud believes that the findings and recommendations they convey will support the vision of the Bali Provincial Government in realizing progress and prosperity for all Balinese people.
“We hope that the Bali Provincial Government’s 5-year reflective and evaluative study will become a strong foundation for planning a better future for Bali.”
“We ask that the leaders of the Bali Province in the future must look more broadly at the problems that exist in Bali and implement their vision and mission optimally, not just jargon,” stressed Padma. (*/Ana AP)