President Joko Widodo to Receive G20 Presidency from Italy

JAKARTA, 29 OCTOBER 2021 – President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo together with the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs and a number of Indonesian delegates today Oct. 29 went to Rome, Italy to attend the G20 Leaders’ Summit which will be held on October 30—31, 2021.

“In addition to attending the main event, I was also invited to speak at the G20 Summit’s side event on MSMEs and the role of women. This invitation signifies the worldwide recognition towards our policy that favors MSMEs and the role of women in the MSME business,” he explained in a press statement today, Oct. 29.

President Jokowi also stated that he is scheduled to attend a number of bilateral meetings before accepting the chairmanship of the Presidency from Italy on October 31, 2021. For the first time, Indonesia will become part of the G20 Troika together with Italy and Saudi Arabia.

Previously, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Monday, Oct. 25 at the State Palace in Jakarta, explained that President Jokowi will present three main agendas at the G20 Rome Summit. “The president will convey his views on three main agendas, specifically global economy and global health, climate change and environment, and sustainable development.”

The President is scheduled to speak at the Side Events entitled “Supporting SMEs and Women-owned Businesses to Bounce Back”, with Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.

Under Italy’s leadership, this year’s G20 Summit is focused on producing the G20 Rome Leaders’ Declaration, which contains the joint commitments of G20 countries in seeking global recovery from the current pandemic and economic crisis, as well as the strengthening of G20 cooperation in various sectors including the health sector, sustainable development, environment, climate, employment, and education.   

Inclusiveness, the Focus of Indonesia’s G20 Presidency

Last September, the Government of Indonesia announced “Recover Together, Recover Stronger” as the theme for the Indonesia’s G20 Presidency in 2022.

In his speech at the UN General Assembly, President Jokowi asserted that “Indonesia will strive so that the G20 works for the benefit of all; the developed and developing countries, north and south, large and small countries, island countries and small islands in the Pacific, as well as vulnerable groups that must be prioritized. Inclusiveness is the main focus of Indonesia’s G20 presidency in 2022. This is Indonesia’s commitment in applying the principle of No One Left Behind.” 

At the fourth meeting of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors held in Washington, D.C. Oct.13, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati invited the G20 member countries and conveyed the focus of the Indonesian G20 Presidency. “I invite and look forward to your support for the upcoming Indonesia’s G20 Presidency. We will focus the agenda on global issues in the context of 2022 and beyond. We will also leverage the G20 global leadership and develop collective action to ensure we can all recover together and recover stronger.”

Indonesia is also ready to reap the benefits of the G20 Presidency. Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto explained that economically, there are at least three benefits to be obtained by Indonesia for its G20 Presidency, specifically the opening of opportunities in increasing domestic consumption which can reach Rp1.7 trillion, additional GDP which is estimated to reach around Rp7.47 trillion, and the employment of around 33,000 workers in various industrial sectors in the future.

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