Jokowi looks to bring in prominent figures to Bali’s G20 Summit

President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo meets with CEO of Meta Mark Zuckerberg during a visit to the United States in February 2016. -Courtesy of Presidential Staff Office/Presidential Staff Office This article was published in with the title "Jokowi looks to bring in prominent figures to Bali’s G20 Summit". Click to read: Download The Jakarta Post app for easier and faster news access: Android: iOS:

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network): Indonesia is expected to hold the Group of 20 (G20) summit in October in a slightly changed format, with more emphasis on bringing in prominent figures to speak at the high-profile event.

Communications and Information Ministry director general of information and public communication Usman Kansong told The Jakarta Post that President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo planned to invite innovators, philanthropists and business leaders to take part in the summit, which is set to be held in Bali, this year.

He said that the President planned to invite some prominent figures such as former CEO of Microsoft Bill Gates and CEO of Meta Mark Zuckerberg, among others, to speak at the event.

“Political leaders come and go with each election cycle, but these people have been dedicating a significant part of their lives to advocating for certain issues that they believe are important,” said Usman on Wednesday (Jan 26).

Usman added that by placing emphasis on more illustrious speakers from different backgrounds, it was hoped that the planned speakers could share their insights that would help the leaders of the G20 countries tackle pressing global issues.

Indonesia began its year-long presidency of the G20 in December 2021, succeeding the previous president Italy.

The country marks its presidency with the official slogan “Recover Together, Recover Stronger,” and has pledged to focus on inclusive health care, sustainable energy transition and digital transformation as key pillars during its presidency.

Jokowi previously told the World Economic Forum (WEF) last week that Indonesia would push for a “permanent solution” to global health emergencies during its presidency of the G20, including establishing an agency modelled after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to manage global resources for future pandemics.

He noted that prevailing multilateral initiatives such as the Covax Facility were just “temporary solutions,” while the World Health Organization had yet “to play an important role in the strategic aspects of our daily lives.”

In the same forum, Jokowi also said Indonesia would set out to formulate global health protocols that would regulate international travel, and that the G20 should empower developing countries to build capacities in the manufacturing of crucial medical supplies and gain access to technology, investments and patent rights.

The G20 is an informal group of 19 countries and the European Union. It was first established in 1999 as an economic forum for finance ministers and central bank governors from member countries in an effort to find solutions to the 1997-1999 global financial crisis.

The forum was elevated to a leaders' summit in 2008 as the group members convened in a bid to coordinate responses to mitigate the impact of the 2008 global financial crisis.

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