Bali's economy is mostly agrarian: the vast majority
of the Balinese are still simple farmers working in the fields.
Coffee, copra and cattle
are the major agricultural exports, most of the rice goes to feed
Bali's own population. Although the Balinese are island people,
their unusual tendency to focus on the mountains rather than the
ocean is reflected in the importance of fishing.
While there are plenty of fishing villages and fish are part of
the Balinese diet, fishing is not on the scale
you might expect, given how much ocean there is around the island.
Tourism plays an important role in the
Balinese economy, not only in providing accommodation, meals and
services to many visitors but also in providing a market for all
the arts and crafts!
Dressing for business meetings consists of suits for both men and
women. Otherwise, clothing should comprise lightweight, casual items.
Warmer clothes are ideal for cool evenings and the upland areas.
In temples and government buildings, more formal clothing is essential.
Greeting Someone in Bali
Business people should be addressed with a handshake and by their
title for both men and women. Business cards are also important
and should be exchanged during introductions.
Hours and Banking
Business hours in Bali are Monday to Friday, 09:00 till 13:00 and
14:00 till 17:00. Most places will also trade Saturday mornings
09:00 to 13:00. Banks do not be open on Saturday morning but open
during the week from 09:30 to 15:00.
Smoking is banned on public transport in Bali and the visitor should
observe this even if the locals often do not. In meetings, it is
advisable to refrain and take cues from the host.