Jakarta, March 4, 2022 — The Indonesia Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) held the Anti-Corruption Working Group (ACWG) kick-off meeting which started the discussion on corruption eradication effort by the G20 member countries.
The event was opened by KPK Chair Firli Bahuri and Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud M.D.
In his speech, Firli stated Indonesia and the world are facing a health crisis and economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Firli encouraged the community to remain optimistic and rise in the midst of a crisis.
“We will always face problems, but what cannot kill us makes us stronger,” he said.
According to Firli, the quote is in line with Indonesia’s G20 Presidency theme: “Recover Stronger, Recover Stronger.”
Firli explained that KPK has formulated Corruption Eradication Roadmap of 2020-2045. The year 2045 becomes important because Indonesia is targeted to become the largest economic power in the world. However, the target could not be achieved if various issues could not be resolved, including corruption.
On the same occasion, Minister Mahfud said the corruption patterns are now diverse. It makes an increase in corruption case number that will eventually be a disaster for the nation.
“Corruption is not an ordinary crime. It is an extraordinary crime. History recorded that corruption had destroyed many countries and unity,” said Mahfud.
He called KPK as a symbol of the war against corruption in Indonesia. KPK has arrested hundreds of officials and local government heads who are involved in corruption. Mahfud also said that law enforcement officials must create a synergy to eradicate corruption.
Therefore, he hoped ACWG G20 could bring tangible results to Indonesia and the world. G20 economy has a large contribution toward Gross Domestic Product. Therefore, the corruption eradication effort becomes vital to maintain economic growth in the G20 countries.
ACWG G20 is also expected to produce an agreement that helps the countries to prevent corruption in the digital economy, especially in Indonesia. Bank Indonesia noted the digital economy value in Indonesia in 2021 reached Rp22 trillion.
In conjunction with the Kick-off Meeting, a talk show carrying the theme “G20 Presidency Strengthens Joint Commitment on Anti-Corruption” was organized, presenting KPK Deputy Chair Lilies Pintauli Siregar, B20 Integrity and Compliance Task Force Chair Haryanto Budiman, and C20 Anti-Corruption Working Group Chair Dadang Trisasongko.
The ACWG follow-up activity is G20 member countries discussions which will be carried out in two stages in the end of March 2022 and July 2022. ACWG is a forum for G20 member countries to address anti-corruption issues. This forum generates agreements on corruption eradication that can be implemented by the G20 members and other countries globally.