Jakarta, January 7, 2022 – The Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia as well as the Chairperson in Charge of Organizing the G20 Side Events, Muhammad Lutfi, ensured that Indonesian local wisdom will become the added value of the 2022 G20 Side Events agenda. This also serves as an effort to give due prominence to Indonesia’s Presidency at this year’s G20 in its efforts to restore the world economy.
Trade Minister also optimistic that all G20 Side Events agenda will have an important impact on the entire series of G20 Meetings held in Indonesia this year. Recorded on December 24, 2021 as the deadline for the G20 Side Events inventory, there are 121 side events to be held in 20 Indonesian cities from December 2021 to October 2022.
“The G20 Side Events aim to give G20 members a more complete understanding of the priority agenda of the G20 Presidency. The G20 Side Events must also be a showcase of the positive image of Indonesia’s development and culture. The showcase of the philosophy of noble cultural values is displayed periodically in a number of separate side events. The organisation of side events is expected to have an impact on the economy, both in the region where the event is held and in Indonesia in general,” said Trade Minister.
According to Lutfi, the momentum of Indonesia’s Presidency in the G20 is very crucial. Indonesia is playing its active role as part of the world’s efforts to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, while making an endeavour to revive the world economy which has been affected by the pandemic.
“The G20 meeting must become a platform to introduce lifestyle, resilience in crises and pandemics, as well as the ability to restore health, the economy, and superior products of the G20 members so that they can help drive the global economy,” said Trade Minister.
Of the 121 side events, seven will be held during the G20 Summit series of activities in Bali in October 2022. The forms of this year’s side events include seminars, economic cooperation forums, cultural performances, trade promotions, exhibitions, kick-off meetings, and field reviews.
At least 15 ministries and seven institutions are in charge of side events activities during the G20 series of events are held in Indonesia. The 15 ministries include the Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Communications and Informatics, Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Investment/Investment Coordinating Board, Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs.
Meanwhile, the seven institutions include Bank Indonesia, the Corruption Eradication Commission, the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, the National Research and Innovation Agency, the Supreme Audit Agency, Indonesian Youth Diplomacy, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“Synergy of all relevant ministries and institutions is needed to make Indonesia’s G20 Presidency 2022 a success, including the implementation of a series of side events. Indonesia’s success in this year’s G20 Presidency will accelerate the recovery of global conditions after the Covid-19 pandemic and also encourage Indonesia to recover from the pandemic,” concluded Trade Minister.