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G20 Sherpa Meeting to begin Tuesday: minister

G20 Sherpa Meeting to begin Tuesday: minister

Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, during a press conference at the Presidential Office here on Monday (December 6, 2021). (ANTARA/Indra Arief/FR)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, has said that the G20 Sherpas' Meeting will begin on Tuesday with representatives from 21 nations participating physically, 14 nations virtually, and three nations in a hybrid format.

During a press conference at the Presidential Office here on Monday, he informed that the government will carry out antigen tests on all G20 meeting members every day to prevent the risk of infection.

The government will also implement the bubble health protocol or mobility restriction for Sherpa meetings members and committee in order to prevent contact to and from the outside, he said.

The PeduliLindungi application, used by the government to conduct COVID-19 tracking and tracing, will also be utilized for the meeting, he said.

In addition to the Sherpa Track, the G20 Financial Track meetings will also be carried out in Bali, Hartarto informed.

The G20 has split the meetings leading up to the summit into two tracks: the Financial Track and the Sherpa Track.

The Financial Track will exclusively discuss issues concerning the financial sector and will be participated by the Minister of Finance, Governor of the Central Bank, and all G20 members, Hartarto said.

Meanwhile, the Sherpa Track will discuss agendas outside of the financial sector as well as prepare various documents that will be discussed during the summit, he added.

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To this end, the Sherpa chairman will directly be appointed by the head of the government or state and will be its representative during G20 meetings beyond the summit, he informed.

G20 is a global forum that comprises 19 nations and the European Union (EU). The members of the G20 account for 60 percent of the global population, 80 percent of the global GDP (gross domestic product), and 75 percent of the world's exports.

Indonesia will hold the G20 Presidency till November 30, 2022. It took over the mantle from Italy. 

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