Illegal Rafting Operators Outnumber Bona Fide Operators on Bali’s Ayung River
Bali Post reports that many of the rafting operators on the Ayung River are unlicensed. The problem has become so pervasive that the number of unlicensed rafting operators now out number licensed companies. When confronted with this situation, illegal rafting operators blame the complicated and convoluted bureaucracy of the province of Bali as the main reason they hold no permits. The deputy-regent of Badung, I Made Sudiana, revealed this during a visit to the village of Bongkasa on the Ayung River on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.
That visit uncovered that among the 14 rafting companies operating at this time only 4 have the necessary legal permits. The illegal-rafting operators, mostly comprised of local residents, complain they feel marginalized by licensing procedures that, they claim, favor outside investors with large capital resources. The perbekal of Bongkasa, Made Suarjana, said: “Outside investors can easily obtain a license. This is strange. The government should give a priority to local businesses.”
Continuing, Suarjana contends that the local unlicensed operators offer an equal level of quality in terms of both facilities and manpower, but are defeated by rafting companies owned by outside investors. Suarjana pointedly said that local players are tried of becoming spectators in Bali’s tourism industry and forced to travel paths “covered with sharp stones” that must be traversed to achieve business success. Suarjana described that in order to obtain a formal license, rafting operators must form a corporation, a hurdle local villagers do not want to undertake.
The government’s requirement that rafting companies must be formed under a PT (business incorporation) emanates from the government’s desire to establish a structure of legal responsibility for those operating on the River. The deputy-regent said that local entrepreneurs need facilitation from the government to assist in meeting licensing requirements, helping to avoid the marginalization of local community members in Bongkasa.
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