Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, stated that Indonesia's preparations for membership in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) were not hampered by environmental and forestry issues.

"We always try to keep up with international standards. We refer to developed countries as well. There will be more adjustments and standards, but I am sure we will have no troubles," she stated at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Thursday.

This Thursday, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) summoned relevant ministers and deputy ministers to the Presidential Palace to discuss Indonesia's road map for joining the OECD.

Bakar remarked that the OECD membership applies quite tough standards, but Indonesia has experienced significant development and progress from an environmental and forestry perspective.

“For example, deforestation, moratorium, forest and peat fires, law enforcement, or FOLU Net Sink. I have worked with the OECD since 2017, and we had the Green Growth Policy Review of Indonesia in 2019," she added.

In the environment and forestry sectors, the minister emphasized that Indonesia has adjusted to the existing standards, although some tweaks will be made later. In terms of emissions, for instance, Indonesia has clocked an average achievement in reducing emissions.

Earlier, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, stated that 38 OECD member countries had agreed to Indonesia becoming a member of the organization.

Hartarto affirmed that his side had received a roadmap for Indonesia's participation as an OECD member at a meeting with OECD members in Paris some time ago.

President Jokowi also welcomed the decision of 38 countries to support Indonesia's membership in the OECD.

According to the head of state, OECD membership, which covers many developed countries, is important to open investment access to international institutions that are beneficial for Indonesia.

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