DENPASAR – The 2019 Research, Innovation and Technology (Ritech) Expo ended on Wednesday, June 28, 2019, officially closed by Bali’s regional assistant III Wayan Suwarjana.

Running for four days, Ritech Expo attracted around 35,000 visitors. This figure was the highest ever since the annual event’s first edition was held five years ago.

“Last year, when Ritech Expo was held in Pekanbaru, Riau, it was attended by around 15,000 visitors. Now in Bali, the figure rose significantly,” said research, technology and higher education’s head of public cooperation and communication Nada DS Marsudi in her speech.

Nada said the event, held at Renon Square in Denpasar, Bali, from August 25 to 29, 2019, was the “best”, seen from the enthusiasm of visitors and the presence of attractive programs.

“The ministry chose Bali, the island of paradise, for it is unique, creative and innovative. These conditions are in line with the theme of 24th national technology awakening day this year, which was science, technology and innovation to support creative industry in the era of 4.0 industrial revolution.”

“During the national technology awakening day commemoration in Bali, there was also an international event jointly organized by the ministry and the US-ASEAN Business Councils. This further highlighted Bali’s experience in hosting events involving international communities,” said Nada.

The 2019 Ritech Expo was joined by 186 agencies.

Wayan, the Bali official, said he was proud to be a Balinese after witnessing how the island hosted the expo. He further went on saying that the concepts exhibited at the event had to be implemented in the future.

Representing Bali governor, Wayan also praised the event’s organizer for helping Bali administration to reduce plastic waste.