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G20 in Indonesia in 2022

NEWS | 24 September 2021


Indonesia will host the Group of 20 Forum in 2022 with the theme Recover Together, Recover Stronger.

"The year 2022 is also an important year for Indonesia considering that Indonesia will hold the G20 Presidency. The big theme of the 2022 G20 Presidency is Recover Together, Recover Stronger." said Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, in a meeting with Commission I of the DPR on Thursday 2/9/2021. Retno said the theme was taken by prioritizing sustainable economic recovery after the pandemic is over. And noted that the theme was not only relevant for the G20 group of countries, but also for countries in the world."This theme is motivated by Indonesia's vision to prioritize partnership and inclusiveness to encourage a strong and sustainable world economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic," she said.

"Through this vision and theme, we ensure that the G20 will be relevant not only for its members, but also for all, especially developing countries," she continued.

Retno said the G20 forum would start in December this year, however, since late last year, Indonesia has been part of the G20 troika."Indonesia's presidency will start in December this year, but since the end of last year Indonesia has been included as part of the G20 troika with Saudi Arabia and Italy," she said.

Furthermore, Retno said that the forum is based on two pillars. "We can say that there are two different pillars in the G20. The first pillar is the finance pillar which will be held by the Minister of Finance and the Governor of Bank Indonesia  during the presidency. The two sherpa pillars are chaired by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Under the sherpa pillar there will be 15minister level meetings," she said."In the near future, we will officially launch the G20 together. Where will we present the priority agenda and so on," said Retno.

6,500 G20 SUMMIT DELEGATES TO COME TO INDONESIA

In a parallel report, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy revealed that 6,500 delegates would come to Indonesia during the G20 Summit next year. Deputy for Tourism Products and Event Organizers at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Rizki Handayani, said that this moment would directly and indirectly improve the national economy. The government is considered to be able to obtain investment and earn income from the expenditure side of the delegation during the G20 Summit activities in the country. "The total expenditure of the delegation during the event will be obtained by hotels, venues, restaurants, vendors, organizers, the MSME industry, tours and travel, tourist attractions, and others," Kiki said

Based on Kemenparekraf records, the 2022 G20 Presidency will bring in foreign tourists from 20 member countries, international organizations and invited countries with an estimated 6,500 delegates, namely 38 world leaders, 60 accompanying ministers and 6,000 press. Kiki said the G20 Summit could be a momentum for the reopening of tourist destinations in Indonesia in addition to increasing cooperation and investment with member countries. "Currently, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is still in the process of preparing the APBN allocation to support the implementation of the G20, which is of course conditional by taking into account various other important considerations," he said. 

The plan is for the international event to take place in Bali. Deputy Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati said the G20 Summit to be held on the Island of the Gods would be profitable. The reason is, for every international conference, the central government will pay more attention to infrastructure in Bali.

For example, when the 2013 APEC Summit was held in Bali, the central government realized the construction of the Bali Mandara Sea Toll Road. Likewise, at the 2018 IMF-WB meeting in Bali, the Dewa Ruci Simpang underpass was also built. According to him, Bali is still looking for infrastructure development opportunities that can support the economy. Currently, Bali is pushing for the realization of the construction of the Jembrana-Denpasar toll road and the Buleleng shortcut. In addition to the two projects, Cok Ace assesses that there are other infrastructures that can be improved in Bali to support the implementation of the G20 Summit, such as infrastructure that can solve congestion in Sanur and Suwung.