Two of the United States' more famous citizens recently visited Bali.
The question is this: Whose visit contributed more economically/socially to Bali and Indonesia? Read the two candidates' itinerary, then vote. Ladies first:
- Gave a Rp714 000 ($US80) filet mignon steak to a stray (and potentially rabid) dog. She later tweeted Balinese dogs' poor conditions upset her so much she couldn't sleep.OMG This may encourage people to treat dogs in Bali more humanely in the future.
- Sent highly complimentary tweets about Bali to her 5.3 million followers.The Jakarta Post This may result in a future increase in tourist arrivals. (Unfortunately for her family, there are no Hilton hotels in Indonesia any more. The former Hilton Hotel in Jakarta is now the Sultan Hotel, while in Surabaya it's now the Singgasana Hotel.)
- Witnessed the signing of Boeing's largest ever sale: 230 Boeing 737 planes for Lion Air, at a price of $US21.7 billion.The Jakarta Globe This may enable Indonesians to travel around Indonesia and the Asian region more easily.
- Announced a $600 million deal through the Millennium Challenge Corporation “to support environmentally sustainable economic development through clean energy projects and sustainable landscapes projects, community-based nutrition programs, and procurement modernization.” With Indonesia's President, he also reaffirmed their partnership and “commitment to strengthen democracy and human rights in their own societies.”Ripple's Web This is aimed to help Indonesia improve its environmental record while still meeting its people's energy needs and improving their welfare. This was despite some concerns in the USA about military abuses like this in Papua province, particularly at/near American-owned copper and gold mines there.
- Encouraged Indonesia to consider joining a new free-trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It would exclude China but comprise four ASEAN countries (Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam) as well as Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Peru.The Jakarta Post This may assist Indonesia find new export markets, as well as reduce tarriffs, subsidies and other barriers to trade.
So who do you think did more for Bali and Indonesia? Vote now with a comment below: