Indonesia will not only look after the interests of G20 members but also those of developing countries and vulnerable groups.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi stated that inclusivity will be one of the main topics to be raised during Indonesia's 2022 leadership in G20.

"Indonesia will not only look after the interests of G20 members but also those of developing countries and vulnerable groups," the minister stated during a press conference with other ministers held here on Tuesday evening.

This underlines Indonesia's commitment to driving collective recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic during the nation's upcoming presidency, according to Marsudi.

The minister highlighted that collective recovery of nations in the world called for solidarity, teamwork, collaboration, and partnership.

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Indonesia's outlook of not only taking into account the interest of G20 members but also developing countries and vulnerable groups has been part of the nation's DNA in terms of international politics.

"When we look back at the last few years, during our membership in the UN Security Council, in ECOSOC, and when I was one of the co-chairs of the COVAX AMC EG, Indonesia had consistently been part of the solution, bridging differences, and always vocalizing the interests of developing nations," the minister expounded.

Marsudi emphasized that Indonesia will take these steps forward when it assumes the G20 presidency in 2022.

"Indonesia will give special attention to developing nations in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and also small archipelagic nations in the Pacific and Caribbean," she affirmed.

In addition to issues related to health and the pandemic as well as sustainable development, special attention would be given to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and the digital economy, which had become the economic drivers during the pandemic.

The minister also drew attention to the importance of business and partnership forums in the sustainable infrastructure sector as well as health investment.

"We need to strengthen those sectors to realize collective recovery, growth, and resiliency," she asserted.

Indonesia will chair the G20 leaders' meeting for the first time from December 1, 2021, until November 2022.

The transfer of leadership from Italy to Indonesia will be conducted during the G20 Summit in Rome in October this year.

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Translator: Aria Cindyara, Fadhli Ruhman
Editor: Sri Haryati
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