Hence, it must be a common priority to continue to optimize the preparations of the G20 (event), considering the enthusiasm of the participants to attend (the event) in Belitung is very high.
Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung (ANTARA) - Some G20 members and invited countries have confirmed to attend the 2022 G20 Development Working Group (DWG) Meeting scheduled to be held on September 7-9, 2022, according to National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa.

Monoarfa stated virtually at the Coordination Meeting for the G20 Preparations in Belitung District, Bangka Belitung Islands Province, on Thursday, as quoted from a statement here on Friday, that the confirmed countries included Japan, Turkey, the United States, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Brazil, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and South Africa.

"Hence, it must be a common priority to continue to optimize preparations for the G20 (event), considering that the enthusiasm of the participants to attend (the event) in Belitung is very high," he remarked.

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The DWG is one of the working groups of Indonesia's G20 Presidency that aims to discuss developmental issues in least developed countries, developing countries, and small developing islands countries.

Meanwhile, some countries that have not confirmed their attendance due to flight issues are China, Argentina, France, Germany, and Spain.

The minister confirmed to have received no request for direct flight from Singapore. However, there is a request for a special aircraft flight from the country.

Hence, to ensure success of the event, his side and the Bangka Belitung Islands Provincial Government, Belitung District Government, as well as various stakeholders continue to strengthen readiness of the airport, flights, venues, accommodation, and transportation for the delegates, health facilities, public infrastructure, tourism destinations, and the community as the host of the event.

"Thus, I urge each of the related parties in this meeting to provide an update on the progress regarding the readiness of the airlines and airports," he stated.

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On the same occasion, the minister’s special staff, Ervan Maksum, remarked that several domestic airlines, such as Batik, Lion, Sriwijaya, NAM, Citilink, and Garuda Indonesia, had expressed their readiness to support the event.

Eight flights will be provided daily from the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Tangerang City, Banten Province, to the H.A.S. Hanandjoeddin International Airport, Tanjung Pandan, Belitung District, Bangka Belitung Islands Province, he stated.

Monoarfa said an estimated 908 seats, out of which 174 are of business class, should be prepared to meet the demand on the flights from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to H.A.S. Hanandjoeddin International Airport ahead of the event on September 5-7, 2022.

"Meanwhile, it is projected that the return trip flow will be on September 8-11, 2022," he added.

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