Jakarta (ANTARA) - Amid World Health Day celebrations on April 7, Indonesia called for making health issues a priority agenda at the G20.

"Regarding the issue of global health architecture, Indonesia needs to push for more resilient health governance after the pandemic," spokesperson for the Communications and Informatics Ministry Dedy Permadi said here on Thursday.

Health issues promoted by Indonesia at the G20 forum pertain to national interests, apart from global conditions during the pandemic.

Permadi informed that by discussing the issue of health architecture at the international forum, Indonesia could work together with other nations to create a better healthcare system so that people living in remote areas can have better access to healthcare services.

The health sector has not been left untouched by digitization amid the pandemic. One of the most tangible impacts of digitization has been the mass use of telemedicine applications for consulting doctors without having to visit the hospital.

Digitizing the health sector could help provide better health services to people living in remote areas, which could be improved through cooperation with other countries, he said.

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Indonesia has raised three priority issues during its G20 Presidency: global health architecture, digital and economic transformation, and the transition to sustainable energy.

The ministry, as the entity in charge of communication and media for the G20 Presidency, expects that the public would understand the importance of the forum for Indonesia and the world.

G20 member countries contribute as much as 80 percent to global GDP (gross domestic product). They also play a major role in the trade sector, accounting for 75 percent of global trade.

The G20 Forum is also strategic because its nations account for 60 percent of the world's population. The necessity of this forum for the public can also be seen from the three priority issues, which Permadi deemed as linked to everyday lives.

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Apart from health issues, the issue of energy transition is also close to the public. As for digital transformation, the Internet, especially since the pandemic, has grown into something vital to society.

The latest data shows that the number of Internet users in Indonesia has reached 204.7 million, and most of them access social media. The use of social media has led to a number of users' personal data being managed by the organizers of electronic systems or digital platforms.

Thus, there needs to be an agreement on cross-border data management.

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Translator: Natisha A, Mecca Yumna
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