Pre-Summit Y20 2022: Circular Economy to Save the Planet

Balikpapan, May 22, 2022 – The Third Y20 Indonesia Pre-Summit Forum on the issue of a sustainable and livable planet continues on Sunday (22/5/2022) with discussions on the circular economy.

We use natural resources to produce goods that will eventually be discarded in the concept of a linear economy. This make-use-waste pattern only leads to overconsumption and waste production. It is time to break this cycle by implementing a circular economy based on sustainable production and consumption.

This year’s Third Pre-Summit Y20 Indonesia features a circular economy talk show. It is hoped that the insights provided will aid the young delegates in developing policy recommendations for the G20 leaders, particularly those related to the environment.

Alesya Krit (Center of Competence for Climate Change, Environment, and Noise Protection at Aviation Hessen), Joi Danielson (Partner at Systemiq), Ke Wang (Program Lead at Platform for Accelerating Circular Economy), and Mohammad Bijaksana Junerosano were among the guests on the talk show (CEO and Founder). Waste4Change), moderated by environmental economist Andhyta F. Utami.

Alesya emphasized the importance of thinking locally in order to promote sustainable consumption. “We must think locally and adapt (the solution) to the destination area’s social and cultural dimensions. Then, develop a normative perspective and invite coworkers, friends, and residents to become acquainted with a new mindset. For example, the TikTok challenge,” Alesya said on the Y20 Indonesia Third Pre-Summit talk show.

According to Joi Danielson, before going in depth into the circular economy debate, we must first examine consumption patterns. According to her, because humans are afraid of scarcity,

we consume more than is necessary. She went on to say that in a consumption-based economy, the more consumed, the higher the GDP.

“As a result, our system is based on excessive consumption. We can persuade people to consume only what they require if we can make them feel they have enough. With this, we can begin to break the consumption cycle” Joi elaborated.

Ke Wang said something similar. According to her, raising public awareness of the circular economy can result in behavioral and policy changes.

“Because politicians pay attention to people’s desires. However, public awareness of the circular economy remains low. This is where young people can make a difference. The younger generation has demonstrated that they are critical in raising public awareness of climate change.” Ke Wang explained.

According to Junerosano, the current world population is 7.9 billion people. If we want to change without resorting to violence, we must persuade 4% of the population. This means that there are ten million people in Indonesia who need to be persuaded of the benefits of the circular economy.

“It’s not always easy. Environmental damage occurs at a faster rate than solutions. We must consider how to expedite the solution. Most importantly, we must believe that by working together, we can affect change” Junerosano clarified.

About Y20

Indonesia was selected to host a meeting of G20 member countries as well as a G20 youth meeting known as Youth 20 (Y20). Indonesian Youth Diplomacy (IYD), a youth non-profit organization, became the official host to welcome Y20 delegates from various countries.

Four priority areas will be carried out in this event: youth employment, digital transformation, a sustainable and livable planet, and diversity and inclusion. Before the 2022 Y20 Indonesia Summit, four Pre-Summits will be held in four cities in Indonesia: Palembang in March, Lombok in April, Balikpapan in May, and Manokwari in June. The highlight of the Y20 Indonesia 2022 Summit is scheduled to take place in DKI Jakarta and Bandung.

The Pre-Summit in Balikpapan provides a forum for young domestic and international leaders to discuss and exchange ideas on topics that focus on sustainable and livable planet priority areas, especially regarding safe guarding nature and circular economy.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology Gathered Aspirations to Recover Education by Leading the Second EdWG G20 Meeting

Bandung, 20 May 2022 – Concluding the second G20 Education Working Group (EdWG) meeting, Chair of G20 EdWG 2022, Iwan Syahril said that under Indonesia’s leadership through the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (MoECRT), the EdWG G20 delegation had reached a consensus regarding the importance of accelerating education transformation to achieve learning recovery in the spirit of gotong royong, or supporting each other to reach a common goal.

In addition to emphasizing the importance of gotong royong to recover together, the Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, Nadiem Makarim, also emphasized that Indonesia sees the future and we want to race towards it, instead of just playing catch up. “Gotong royong and this vision are two solid foundations in the leadership of the MoECRT in the EdWG G20,” added Iwan Syahril, Friday (20/5).

In line with the Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology’s statement further highlighted by Iwan Syahril, Merdeka Belajar (Emancipated Learning) breakthroughs were raised at the discussion as best practices that highlight gotong royong in the transformation of education in Indonesia that also serve as the foundation of the G20 education priority agendas.

Besides further discussions on the two priority agendas of the EdWG G20, Universal Quality Education and Digital Technologies in Education, the second meeting of the EdWG G20 which took place virtually for two days in 18 to 19 May 2022 from Bandung, West Java, also touched upon other issues that include the initiative to renew the world’s commitment in transforming education at the Transforming Education Summit (TES) convened by the United Nations, as well as collecting inputs from delegates for the EdWG G20 report and the G20 Education Ministers’ Declaration drafts.

The meeting received support and appreciation from a number of delegates of G20 countries. Vera Kammann, Germany’s Head of Delegation said, “I would like to first of all thank Indonesia for all the work that has been done so far. It’s an impressive and ambitious agenda, and we’re looking forward to supporting Indonesia’s goals in the G20 presidency.”

The MoECRT will bring the EdWG G20 report that covers the principle of gotong royong to the United Nations’ forum

Regarding the initiative to bring the results of the EdWG G20 to the Transforming Education Summit (TES), Iwan said, “This means that the voice of the Indonesian leadership, in this case the MoECRT at the G20, will obtain the attention of the world and even more countries.”

Furthermore, Iwan said, “The EdWG G20 report draft that we will bring to the global level has received positive appreciation, and the education recovery framework based on the principle of gotong royong will have its own part.”

Head of delegates from Spain, Andreas Contreras, conveyed his support for Indonesia’s leadership in the second EdWG G20 meeting. Head of delegates from France, Francois Parain also conveyed the same message to Indonesia’s presidency.

Francois Parain supported and encouraged the initiatives to bring the voice of the G20 EdWG 2022 to a higher level meeting (TES). “We think it’s very important to record that the education system plays such a fundamental role in economic vitality and social correlation. So we could have something advocating that in the face of future global challenges,” said Francois Parain.

Concluding the meeting, Iwan also expressed his appreciation to the delegates of G20 member states, special invitees, international organizations including UNESCO, UNICEF, OECD, and the World Bank, the B20 (Business20) and Y20 (Youth20), as well as the MoECRT team for their participation and support.

Following the second meeting of EdWG G20, the third meeting will be held on 22nd to 23rd June, 2022, besides the fourth meeting and Ministerial Meeting that will be held on 25th to 27th July, 2022.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology Led the Discussions on Digital Technologies in Education and the G20 Education Ministers’ Declaration at the Second G20 EdWG 2022 Meeting

Bandung, 20 May 2022 – During the second day (19/05) of the second G20 Education Working Group (EdWG) meeting, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (MoECRT) led in-depth discussions on the priority agendas of Universal Quality Education and Digital Technologies in Education. During the meeting, the draft of the G20 Education Ministers’ Declaration that is expected to provide significant benefits for Indonesia and the world, is also discussed.

Yesterday, the first day’s meeting (18/05) began by collecting inputs from member countries to the G20 EdWG 2022 report which is expected to serve as a reference, not only for G20 member countries, but also for other countries in the world, in the global efforts to restore the education sector.

The report draft, prepared by the MoECRT in collaboration with UNESCO, gained support from EdWG G20 delegates during the meeting. UNESCO even encouraged Indonesia to add the principle of gotong royong, Indonesian value of collaborative moves in achieving common goals, as the report’s framework. The MoECRT also initiated the discussions to bring results of the EdWG G20 discussions to member countries of the United Nations (UN) through the Transforming Education Summit (TES).

TES is a forum to mobilize greater enthusiasm, commitment and political action to recover from setbacks in achieving Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the impact of the pandemic, reimagine education, and accelerate the progress of education development and realization of the 2030 Agenda for SDGs.

Japan’s delegate, Kogirima Atsushi, Director of Office for International Affairs Division, Minister’s Secretariat/Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology, appreciated Indonesia’s efforts in organizing the meeting. “Japan welcomes the proposal to share the discussions of the G20 with the Transforming Education Summit,” said Kogirima Atsushi.

According to UNESCO and UNICEF, MoECRT’s initiative to bring the results of the G20 EdWG to TES is an appropriate strategy in prioritizing the recovery of the global education system from the impact of Covid-19 pandemic which has lasted for over two years.

Chair of the G20 EdWG, Iwan Syahril, said, “This reminds us of our commitment to actively participate in the global effort in ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. In this regard, I believe that our meeting today will serve as a historical moment in our journey towards a better world in the future.”

In his remarks, Gianluca Grandi, Troika Co-chair of the G20 EdWG from Italy, appreciated the leadership and commitment of the MoECRT at the EdWG G20. “I would like to thank the Indonesian Presidency and also the chair of the G20 EdWG, Iwan Syahril, for your participation and continued commitment stated during the presidency in order to protect and scale the role of education and improving sustainable and peaceful societies,” stated Gianluca Grandi.

Minister of Education Uses Merdeka Belajar to Present the Transformation of Indonesia’s Education

Bandung, May 19, 2022 – Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, Nadiem Anwar Makarim, provided an explanation on the role of gotong royong (mutual cooperation) as the foundation for the transformation of Indonesia’s education through Merdeka Belajar (freedom to learn) as well as the basis of G20 priority agenda in education. Minister Nadiem delivered his explanation during the 2nd hybrid meeting of G20 Education Working Group (EdWG) that was opened on Wednesday, May 18 and held for two days.

Minister Nadiem underlined the principles of mutual cooperation as a value ingrained deeply in Indonesian people. He believed that the value of mutual cooperation can inspire and become key for the delegates to collaborate towards better and more sustainable quality education for all.

“I truly believe that mutual cooperation is the key to transformation to create quality education for all and transformation towards better, more sustainable future,” he said.

The minister of education said that the ecosystem of Indonesia’s education has accelerated the transformation through mutual cooperation as the solution for a long-standing learning crisis which was exacerbated by the pandemic. Through various breakthroughs of Merdeka Belajar, recovery on education is carried out, among others, by presenting Merdeka Curriculum, National Assessment, and Pioneer Teachers Program.

In Indonesia’s G20 Presidency, there are four priority agenda of EdWG, namely Quality Education for All, Digital Technology in Education, Solidarity and Partnership, and the Future of Work After COVID-19.

In relation to the first priority agenda, Quality Education for All, the minister took the transformation of education financing as an example, which is now more socially equitable, such as School Operational Assistance (BOS) fund, and expansion of the scope of various types of scholarships. The minister of education also explained the breakthroughs of Merdeka Belajar that served as the basis for another priority agenda, Digital Technology in Education.

“The ministry has produced many breakthroughs that have not been carried out before, such as Merdeka Mengajar (Freedom to Teach). Unlike the general view that focuses on online learning applications, the platform designed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, focuses on empowering and supporting school principals and teachers to optimize their potential,” Minister Nadiem said.

In addition, the minister explained that SIPLah platform is a marketplace that helps schools to obtain their needs in a more efficient manner and Kedaireka platform that connects business and industry, as well as various organizations with colleges to collaborate in providing a more relevant education.

Furthermore, in relation to the third priority agenda, namely Solidarity and Partnership, Minister Nadiem explained to the EdWG delegations regarding the Mobilization Organization and Marching Fund Programs as transformation of higher education funding which prioritizes cross-sectoral cooperation in improving the quality of education.

Minister Nadiem also provided an explanation on various breakthroughs of Merdeka Belajar, Kampus Merdeka (independent campus), that serve as basis for the fourth priority agenda, namely the Future of Work After COVID-19. Through Merdeka Belajar, Kampus Merdeka, students are encouraged to learn outside the classroom and prepare themselves to face challenges in the real world. “Indonesia is looking to the future, we are leaping towards the future, and we do not want to only be playing catch up,” the minister said.

In his closing remarks, the minister said, “I strongly believe that the consensus at the G20 EdWG meeting contained in the G20 EdWG Report and Declaration of Education Ministers, which will serve as important milestones in our journey to restore education as the basis for achieving a sustainable future.”

Ministry of Education Calls for Active Participation of the 2nd EdWG Meeting Members

Bandung, May 19, 2022 – Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology has decided to hold the 2nd hybrid meeting of G20 Education Working Group (EdWG) on May 18-19, 2022, in Bandung, West Java.

The ministry designated West Java as the meeting location to invite the participants to reflect on the Sundanese people’s philosophy in connection with gotong royong (mutual cooperation), namely Sabilulungan. It is in line with the meeting’s goal to achieve common goals as well as for members to participate actively in the meeting.

Iwan Syahril, Chair of G20 Education of Working Group (EdWG) 2022, said that “Mutual cooperation is a spirit that is going to be carried out continuously in every strategic step and implementation of the G20 EdWG meeting results. This is also the case in the education world in general where mutual cooperation becomes key for recovery.”

The spirit is in accordance with the philosophy of Pasundan people, Sabilulungan. Sabilulungan is a local wisdom that goes beyond promoting mutual cooperation, as it also promotes silih asah, silih asih, silih asuh, and silih wawangi. It also teaches to set aside any differences to achieve the great objective for the common good. Such noble value that is inherent in the community was one of the reasons for selecting Bandung.

Silih asah has the meaning of mutual learning and information sharing. Silih asih means mutual care, while silih asuh means mutual fostering, and silih wawangi can be interpreted as mutual support.

“In line with these four values, in the 2nd meeting of G20 EdWG that will take place starting today, we hope that all members will actively take part in the meeting by sharing thoughts with each other to create quality education and provide access to such education for all, in the spirit of mutual cooperation,” Iwan said.

Sabilulungan spirit in the G20 EdWG meeting is expected to encourage the emergence of policies, innovations, and inspirations that are beneficial for national and global interests.

MCI Minister: Serving as Digital Ecosystem Driver, Digital Talent Demand Increases

Yogyakarta, 17 May 2022 – Minister of Communications and Informatics Johnny G. Plate stated that Indonesia continues to pursue national digital transformation in various aspects of life. According to him, the intensification of digital transformation will lead to the increasing need for digital talents.

“These digital talents will become the main navigators who drive the digital ecosystem. Currently, Indonesia needs at least 600 thousand digital talents every year,” he said in the Grand Launching of the National Digital Talent Program 2022, broadcast live from the Marriott Hotel Yogyakarta, Tuesday (May 17).

The Minister explained that in the midst of the significant increase of digital talent demand, there is a gap between digital talent  and job opportunities. He pointed out that in the Asia Pacific region, more than 50% of CEOs found it difficult to recruit digital talent of the specific skills required.

“It is projected that by 2030 there will be a shortage of 47 million digital talents in the region. At the national level, it is recorded that at least 50% of our workforce only has basic and intermediate level digital skills. Whereas those with advanced digital skills represent less than 1% of our workforce,” he explained.

According to the Minister, we must take digital talent gap seriously, considering Indonesia’s aspiration to become a competitive nation in the global arena. Nevertheless, apart from considering digital talent demand as a challenge, Indonesia also needs to consider its current digital potential.

“Indonesia is home to 2,229 startups or the fifth largest in the world. We also have one decacorn startup and 8 unicorn startups,” he explained.

In addition, the potential valuation of Indonesia’s digital economy is also projected to reach 4,531 trillion rupiah or equivalent to 315.5 billion US dollars in 2030. Therefore, the Minister of Communications and Informatics emphasized that Indonesia, as a big nation, have to promote optimism.

“We should be optimistic in optimizing our potential, we must be able to become a generation of initiators, inventors, and innovators who can take advantage of the opportunities of the digital era for the development of our nation,” he said.

Strengthening the Synergy

According to Johnny, it is important to have a visionary way of thinking so that Indonesia would not only serve as a market, but also become a major player in contestations at the regional and global levels. Seeing this opportunity, the Ministry of Communications and Informatics provided the Digital Talent Scholarship and Digital Leadership Academy programs as concrete initiatives to accelerate the development of national digital talent.

“This year, the Digital Talent Scholarship program will provide technical digital training for 200 thousand participants on themes related to cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, and programming,” he said.

The program is divided into seven academies which include the Vocational School Graduate Academy, Government Transformation Academy, Digital Entrepreneurship Academy, Professional Academy, Thematic Academy, Fresh Graduate Academy, and Talent Scouting Academy.

Playing a role in a triplehelix implementation, the Digital Talent Scholarship program is implemented in collaboration with well-known universities in Indonesia as well as local and global technology companies such as Alibaba, AWS, Cisco, Google, Red Hat, Oracle, Microsoft, Mastercard, EC-Council, Huawei, Progate, Skilvul, DQLab, MyEduSolve, Dicoding, Rakamin, Teknoblox, Hellomotion, Binar Academy, Hacktiv8, Agate, Indobot, Tempo, Gojek, Tokopedia, and Techready Community.

Through the Digital Leadership Academy program, the Ministry will provide advanced digital trainings for 550 public and private sector leaders in collaboration with eight world-renowned universities.

“Including Harvard Kennedy School, Oxford University, National University of Singapore, Tsinghua University, Cornell University, Imperial College London, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Cambridge,” Johnny elaborated.

The Minister of Communications and Informatics emphasized that the national digital talent development program is a major program that requires cross-institutional collaboration.

“Let’s make the momentum of the Grand Launching of the National Digital Talent Program 2022 a shared spirit to work together to create superior digital talent towards a more connected Indonesia; more digital, more advanced,” he explained.

Bali Package Expected to become a Milestone of Global Economic Recovery

Yogyakarta, 17 May 2022 – The post-Covid-19 pandemic recovery has become a mutual agenda for G20 member countries. In Indonesia’s G20 Presidency of 2022, this theme has also been incorporated into the agenda of the Digital Economy Working Group discussions, including on digital connectivity.

“During the emergency phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, together we are stronger. G20 members are currently working to rebuild, ignite the spirit to recover better together,” said Minister of Communications and Informatics Johnny G. Plate in his Opening Remarks for the 2nd G20 DEWG Meeting 2022 which was organised in a hybrid format from Hotel Tentrem, Yogyakarta, Tuesday ( May 17).

The Minister hoped that the discussion about the Digital Ministerial Declaration Draft or Bali Package will result in one of the milestones and tangible results of the post-covid-19 recovery efforts.

“Today’s discussion is expected to demonstrate our shared commitment in navigating the post-Covid-19 economic recovery through digital transformation. An acceleration, as expected by the previous G20 Presidency,” he said.

Johnny believed that the discussions in this Second Session of the G20 DEWG  meeting will produce appropriate recommendations to strengthen connectivity for post-Covid-19 recovery.

“Through exchanges of views on how digital technology is used in various industrial sectors we will come to a shared understanding of people-centred digital connectivity, where we are moving towards a more inclusive, empowering, and sustainable digital transformation,” he explained.

He encouraged exchange of views on various digital security practices that have been implemented so far, so that each country can experience a better digital transformation. Moreover, the Minister invited all to establish a collaboration for mutual learning.

“We will also seek to exchange views on existing digital security practices as a key factor to support business sustainability, enable business matchmaking within the G20 Digital Innovation Network, and demonstrate each country’s digital transformation milestones, as well as facilitate mutual learning and collaboration among G20 members, through the Digital Transformation Expo,” he said.

According to Johnny, through the discussions, elaborations, and exchanges  of best practices we would be able to face the challenges of the dynamic digital economy and encourage the advancement of global digital transformation.

“I believe that this 2nd meeting will produce substantive results, which will contribute to the goal of overcoming various challenges related to the digital economy, as well as encouraging the peaceful, innovative, and cooperative use of digital technology to advance digital transformation globally,” he concluded.

In the opening of the Second Session of the DEWG G20, Minister Johnny was accompanied by all high-ranking officials within the Ministry of Communications and Informatics. Meanwhile, the session was chaired directly by the Ministry’s Secretary General who is also the Chair of DEWG, Mira Tayyiba, and the Senior Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Informatics for Digital Policy and Human Resources who is also the Alternate Chair of DEWG, Dedy Permadi. Delegates from 15 G20 member states attended the meeting in person in Yogyakarta. These delegates come from the United States, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, England, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the European Union. Meanwhile, delegates from five countries attended the meeting virtually, including Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa, and Russia. Also present were invited delegates from Singapore and Cambodia as well as representatives of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Overcoming the Digital Gap, Communications and Informatics Minister Encourages Continued Discussion on Digital Connectivity

Yogyakarta, 17 May 2022 – The Second Session of the G20 Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG) will continue the discussion from the previous meeting. Communications and Informatics Minister, Johnny G. Plate, hopes that the delegations from the G20 member countries can exchange perspectives on the three priority issues of the DEWG. Communications and Informatics Minister emphasized the efforts to overcome the digital gap by building digital connectivity or telecommunications infrastructure.

“DEWG’s three priority issues are Connectivity and Post Covid-19 Recovery, Digital Skills and Digital Literacy, and Cross Border Data Flow, and Data Free Flow with Trust,” he explained at the Opening Remarks of the 2nd DEWG Meeting at Hotel Tentrem, Yogyakarta, Tuesday, May 17.

Communications and Informatics Minister emphasized that the discussion focused on inclusiveness, empowerment, and sustainability in strengthening the global position to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. “A discussion that will not only help us to recover together but also to recover stronger,” he said.

Minister Johnny stated that discussions on post-Covid-19 recovery facilitated through digital technology were on the main agenda. “I believe we have all witnessed the important role of ICT in helping people cope with the Covid-19 pandemic impact,” he said.

Overcoming the Digital Gap

On this occasion, the Communications and Informatics Minister re-emphasized the digital gap still present in the world’s population. Data from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) stated that in 2021, 2.9 billion people never used the internet. According to World Bank data, around 94 million adults in Indonesia in 2019 could not access the internet on mobile devices.

“The digital gap is still a challenge. Even fewer people have access to fixed broadband internet. Connectivity issues like this require us at the Communications and Informatics Ministry to work harder in providing a stable and strong digital infrastructure,” he explained.

One of the efforts made by the government of the Republic of Indonesia is building telecommunications infrastructure on a large scale. “In the form of fiber optic cables on land and under the sea, several high-throughput satellites, and thousands of Base Transceiver Station,” he explained.

According to Minister Johnny, this condition was one of the reasons why the G20 DEWG Forum discussed efforts to bridge the digital gap through more solid collaboration to encourage the massive construction of digital infrastructure between G20 countries and the rest of the world.

“Recognizing this background, access to digital connectivity remains an important task. This is why the Digital Economy Working Group seeks to promote the massive construction of digital infrastructure between G20 countries and the rest of the world,” he explained.

The communications and Informatics Minister believes that the G20 DEWG Forum will be able to promote priority initiatives to encourage more advanced and efficient technology and provide funds for digital infrastructure development. “As we continue this discussion, we must pay attention to implementing an inclusive and secure digital connectivity infrastructure for our environment on terrestrial and in space,” he said.

According to Minister Johnny, the discussion on connectivity has become increasingly relevant following the global economic turmoil that affected food and commodity supplies and energy availability, causing the inflation rate to soar.

“It affects the purchasing power of the global community and the job market. Nevertheless, digital technology optimization raises hope because it allows us to navigate the digital economic landscape amid a crisis,” he said.

At the opening of the Second Session of the DEWG G20, Minister Johnny was accompanied by all high-ranking officials within the Ministry of Communication and Informatics. Meanwhile, the session was chaired directly by the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Communications and Informatics and Chair of DEWG Mira Tayyiba. Also, the Special Staff of Communication and Informatics Minister’s Expert Staff for Digital Policy and Human Resources and Alternate Chair of DEWG Dedy Permadi. At the second session, 15 delegates from the G20 countries were present in Yogyakarta. They were from the United States, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, England, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the European Union. Meanwhile, delegates from five countries attended online, including Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa, and Russia. Invited delegates from Singapore and Cambodia, representatives of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) were also present.

Sugeng Rawuh Ing Ngayogyakarta!: MCI Minister Greets G20 DEWG Delegates

Yogyakarta, 17 May 2022 – Minister of Communications and Informatics (MCI) Johnny G. Plate warmly welcomed delegates of G20 Member States who were present at the Second Session of the Digital Economy Working Group (2nd DEWG) Meeting. When starting the session, Johnny greeted the member states representatives with a greeting in Javanese language, the spoken language of the people of Central and East Java of Indonesia, also introduced one of the philosophies in the Javanese culture.

Sugeng rawuh Ing Ngayogyakarta. Welcome to Yogyakarta. I am very pleased to welcome you all to the second Digital Economy Working Group meeting in Yogyakarta, Indonesia,” the Minister addressed the floor in his Opening Remarks for the 2nd DEWG Meeting from Hotel Tentrem in Yogyakarta, Tuesday (May 17). The meeting was held in a hybrid method.

The Minister explained that Yogyakarta is a well-known sultanate city on Indonesia’s island of Java, therefore he hoped that this Second Session of the G20 DEWG meeting would provide a memorable experience for the state guests.

“I hope that all delegates are in excellent health condition and in your best of spirits to participate in this forum, because our meeting today is special, not only because it is held in one of the most enchanting cities in Indonesia, but also for the large number of physical presence of G20 delegates,” he stated.

Johnny also expressed his appreciation and gratitude to all G20 member delegates who were present in person. “We also thank the commitment of G20 Members who have joined us virtually, despite the different ideas and time zones,” he continued.

The Minister also introduced one of the prevailing philosophies of Javanese culture, Memayu Hayuning Bawono, which literally translates to beautifying the world. According to him, through this philosophy, every human being is entrusted to add the beauty to the already beautiful world.

“It is as how we say it in Javanese, Memeyu Hayuning Bawono. With this philosophy, I hope that we can work hand in hand to make the world a better place, especially through digital technology,” he explained.

He hoped that the Second Session of the G20 DEWG can produce the best agreement and that all delegates will have pleasant memories.

“I wish the best for this Second Session of the DEWG meeting. I hope you have a pleasant memory and stay in this beautiful historical and cultural city of Yogyakarta,” he said.

In the opening of the Second Session of the DEWG G20, Minister Johnny was accompanied by all high-ranking officials within the Ministry of Communications and Informatics. Meanwhile, the session was chaired directly by the Ministry’s Secretary General who is also the Chair of DEWG, Mira Tayyiba, and the Senior Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Informatics for Digital Policy and Human Resources who is also the Alternate Chair of DEWG, Dedy Permadi.

Opening his remarks, Minister of Communications and Informatics, Johnny G. Plate, greeted the 15 G20 delegates who is attending the meeting in person in Yogyakarta. These delegates come from the United States, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, England, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the European Union. Meanwhile, delegates from five countries attended the meeting online, including Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa, and Russia. Also present were invited delegates from Singapore and Cambodia as well as representatives of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

2nd G20 EMPOWER Meeting: Strengthening Women-Owned MSMEs As Drivers of Economic Growth

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Yogyakarta, 17 May 2022 – G20 EMPOWER Indonesian Presidency holds 2nd Plenary Meeting in Yogyakarta on May 17-19, 2022. The main agenda of this meeting is to discuss the urgency of the role of women in MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) as drivers of economic growth. Some of the crucial issues that will be discussed include limited access to financial facilities for women MSME players, low digital literacy and connectivity to the internet, as well as vulnerability of women MSMEs to the impacts of pandemic and crisis.

Chair of G20 EMPOWER who is also Director & Chief Strategic Transformation & IT Officer of XL Axiata, Yessie D. Yosetya said that focus of this meeting is in line with the big theme of the Indonesia’s G20 Presidency 2022 “Recover Together, Recover Stronger”

“The main agenda of the 2nd EMPOWER meeting is to discuss the urgency of the role of women in MSMEs as drivers of economic growth. The government and private businesses need to encourage further implementation of policies and practices to support women-led MSMEs in facing all the challenges that exist,” said Yessie.

Meanwhile, Co-Chair of G20 EMPOWER who is also COO of PT. Infinite Berkah Energi & WKU XII and the Person in Charge of Research, Development, and Employment of IWAPI, Rina Prihatiningsih, stated that the results of the 2nd G20 EMPOWER meeting along with the results of the 1st and the 3rd meeting will be the first part of the communique for the G20 EMPOWER Indonesian Presidency.

“The meeting in Yogyakarta is expected to generate several results, among others, the first draft of recommendations for actions that must be taken by the private sector to support the growth of women’s MSMEs. Second, the design of support expected from the government or other stakeholders to accelerate the growth of women’s MSMEs,” said Rina.

During the 2nd G20 EMPOWER meeting series, there is also a meeting of women leaders from private and public sectors. According to the Assistant Deputy for Increasing Participation of Professional Institutions and the Business World of the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (KPPPA), Eko Novi Ariyanti, these female leaders will share experiences with each other in realizing gender equality in the workplace.

“Since 2020, the Indonesian government has synergized with 26 advocates, namely CEOs or senior leaders at the company level or association leaders who play the role in decision making and can promote gender equality in their workplace. They are the main figures who can promote their actions that have been carried out at the G20 EMPOWER meeting. In 2022, the government gathers support from 34 new advocates to promote the importance of gender equality in the private and public sectors. G20 EMPOWER is an important platform for advocates to share experiences and good practices,” said Eko Novi.

The 2nd G20 EMPOWER meeting is expected to provide added value outside the various recommendations given. First, it opens the insight of various groups, especially the government and the private sector, about the importance of the role and leadership of women in MSMEs. Second, to identify the support needed from the government to realize the commitments and action plans from the private sector. Third, the need to conduct ideation with G20 EMPOWER advocates regarding forms and action plans that can be carried out by the private sector regarding the growth of MSMEs led by women.