Jakarta, 18 February 2022 – Indonesia’s G20 Presidency in 2022 carries the theme “Recover Together, Recover Stronger” as the central theme, inviting all G20 members to work together in a collaborative and inclusive approach. Indonesia’s three main priorities in its G20 Presidency are Global Health Architecture, Digital-based Economic Transformation, and Energy Transition. These main priorities became the flagship agenda in the Sherpa Track Working Groups (WG) and Engagement Groups (EG). The Sherpa Track has 11 WGs, 1 Initiative and 10 EGs. The synergy between the Government and Non-Government groups in Sherpa Track shows the inclusive nature of the G20 forum.
Indonesia’s G20 presidency has several important discussions related to 3 Main Priorities which include promoting the formation of a joint task force between the Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance as mandated by the G20 Rome 2021 Summit. With the joint task force, post-pandemic recovery efforts and preparedness for future pandemics are expected to be well coordinated globally and become a legacy for the Indonesian Presidency. In addition, the Indonesia’s G20 Presidency also sees the first meeting of the Digital Economy Working Group, which is an upgrade from the previously Digital Economy Task Force.
“The implementation of Indonesia’s G20 Presidency is expected to become not only a narrative or written agreements, but also concrete and provide tangible and inclusive benefits, not only for Indonesia but also for the world,” said the Deputy for Coordination of International Economic Cooperation Edi Prio Pambudi who is also the Co-Sherpa of the G20 Indonesia together with Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani.
Indonesia will also seek to coordinate global policies that contribute to a more balanced world governance, make the G20 more adaptive to crises, and fight for national interests in global forums.
Meanwhile, in terms of implementation, Secretary of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Susiwijono Moegiarso as Chair of the Sherpa Track and Finance Track Secretariat explained, “The entire series of events for the G20 Indonesia 2022 Presidency will be held in around 441 events spread across 25 cities/municipalities. There are 184 main events consisting of 1 Summit, 20 Ministerial and Central Bank Governors Meetings, 17 Sherpa/Deputy Meetings, 56 WG Meetings, and 90 EG Level Meetings. In addition to around 257 Side Events and the Road to G20 Indonesia 2022 program.”
To regulate and support the smooth implementation of the entire series of events of the G20 Presidency, particularly in the Sherpa Track sector, the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto as Chair I for the Sherpa Track Sector, has issued the Decree of Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs (KepMenko) Number 27 of 2022 on Membership Structure and The Sherpa Track Working Groups Agenda Matrix for the G20 Presidency of Indonesia 2022.
The Coordinating Ministerial Decree regulates the composition of the Sherpa Track working group membership, including the appointment of Chair/Co-Chair/Alternate Chair from each Working Group and Engagement Group. In addition, an Agenda Matrix which regulates the Meeting Schedule and Priority Agenda of the entire Working Groups and Engagement Groups has also been set. “All Sherpa Track events will be based on the arrangements set out in this Coordinating Ministerial Decree so that information on all arrangement is available for clarity and certainty in the implementation of all activities,” explained Sesmenko Susiwijono.
Previously, a Circular of Head of the Covid-19 Handling Task Force (SE KaSatgas) Number 6 of 2022 on Bubble System Health Protocol at the G20 Meeting Series in Indonesia during the Covid-19 Pandemic was issued. It fully regulates the implementation of health protocols in the implementation of G20 Presidency. Series of meetings “All meetings within the framework of Indonesia’s G20 Presidency will be carried out by implementing strict health protocols by implementing a bubble system, as stipulated in the SE KaSatgas,” said Coordinating Minister Susiwijono in a press statement on the implementation of the Sherpa Track for the Indonesia’s G20 Presidency 2022.
In the implementation of the Sherpa Track, the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs coordinated the discussion of non-financial economic issues, namely issues related to energy, development, tourism, digital economy, education, labor, agriculture, trade, investment, industry, health. , anti-corruption, environment, climate change, and other non-financial issues.
The Sherpa Track coordination structure at the Indonesia’s G20 Presidency consists of:
11 Working Groups (WG), namely Anticorruption; Agriculture; Environment and Climate Sustainability; Development; Digital Economy; Energy Transitions; Education; Employment; Health; Tourism; Trade, Industry, and Investment; and 1 Initiative, namely EMPOWER. And there are 10 Engagement Groups (EG), namely Parliament 20; Supreme Audit Institution 20; Business 20; Civil 20; Urban 20; Women 20; Think 20; Science 20; Labor 20; and Youth 20.