Jokowi Wants to Showcase the Success of Pandemic Control at the G20 Summit

President Joko Widodo said Indonesia must make the holding of the G20 Summit (KTT) a place to show off various achievements that are claimed to be improving in controlling COVID-19. This was conveyed, when reviewing and ensuring readiness venue in Bali which is planned to be the venue for the international event in 2022.

President Jokowi wants the G20 Summit to show Indonesia's success in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.  (Photo: Courtesy/Setpres Bureau)

President Jokowi wants the G20 Summit to show Indonesia’s success in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Courtesy/Setpres Bureau)

“We must also be able to take advantage of this G20 Summit as a showcase regarding the ability of our country, Indonesia, to control the COVID-19 pandemic, both from a health and economic perspective,” he said in Bali, Friday (8/10).

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic is claimed to be under control, Jokowi hopes that all parties will continue to maintain this condition so that it will improve in the future. The number of new COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has continued to decline in recent months after being in an alarming situation last July. The capital city of Jakarta itself recently recorded zero deaths from COVID-19, an unprecedented achievement since the pandemic hit in early 2020.

In Bali itself, the achievement of COVID-19 vaccination is reported to continue to increase. As many as 98 percent of Balinese people have received the first dose of vaccine, and 79 percent have received the full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“This is our capital in preparing the G20 going forward,” he said.

President Jokowi wants the G20 Summit to show Indonesia's success in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.  (Photo: Courtesy/Setpres Bureau)

President Jokowi wants the G20 Summit to show Indonesia’s success in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Courtesy/Setpres Bureau)

In addition to planning to show his achievements in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, Jokowi also wants to showcase the various advances that have been achieved by Indonesia in various fields as well as the nation’s diverse and very diverse cultural wealth to the world guests.

“At the same time we want to show leadership Indonesia in the G20 presidency later,” he said.

First G20 Presidency

After receiving the G20 baton from Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi which is scheduled to take place on October 31 in Rome, Italy, Indonesia will officially assume the post of leader of the G20 group of countries. The term of this presidency will begin December 1, 2021, until November 30, 2022.

The main theme in this G20 meeting is “Recovery Together and Recovery Stronger,” which means to recover and be strong together. In support of the main theme, there are five priority pillars which include increasing productivity for recovery, building a resilient world economy after the pandemic, ensuring inclusive and sustainable growth, creating a conducive environment and partnerships with stakeholders and global collective leadership to strengthen solidarity.

President Jokowi wants the G20 Summit to show Indonesia's success in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.  (Photo: Courtesy/Setpres Bureau)

President Jokowi wants the G20 Summit to show Indonesia’s success in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Courtesy/Setpres Bureau)

In the global economic forum, the plan is to have 150 series of meetings over a period of one year, including a summit that will be attended by all Heads of State and Government, ministerial level meetings, and side event as working groups. The number of delegates from these meetings is estimated at 500 to 5,800 during the year.

International Flight Opening

President Joko Widodo instructed the local government of Bali to prepare not only for the G20 Summit, but also to welcome international tourists. The government has decided to open international flights at I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport, Bali in an easing of the rules for the Implementation of Restrictions on Community Activities (PPKM) per level which will take effect on October 14. Citizens from six countries, namely South Korea, China, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and New Zealand, are allowed to enter Bali.

According to him, the opening of this international flight is part of efforts to reopen economic activity in Bali. This, he said, is quite important considering that the main source of income for the Balinese people comes from the tourism sector.

“We have to prepare in detail (especially in terms of) infrastructure, so that tourists come, but the COVID-19 remains under control,” said Jokowi.

Bali is one of the areas hardest hit by the outbreak of the corona virus. It was noted that the number of foreign tourist arrivals fell by 97 percent, followed by a 27 percent decline in the number of domestic tourists. Hotel room occupancy rates have been below 20 percent during the pandemic.

With the opening of tourism, he hopes that the Bali Government can learn from the experiences of other countries in reopening their tourism sector so that COVID-19 cases do not increase. [gi/rs]

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