October 31, 2021

Widodo urges for a faster global economic recovery at the G20.

At the G20 Summit’s economic and global health session in La Nuvola, Rome, Italy, on Saturday, President Joko Widodo called for a stronger, more inclusive, and long-term global economic recovery.

According to a statement provided by the Presidential Secretariat’s Press Bureau, Widodo stated that the G20 must act as a catalyst for the normalization of economic policy, citing the world’s unprecedented fiscal, monetary, and financial policies during the last two years.

He noted that the G20 could work as a catalyst for debt restructuring and liquidity for poorer countries, as well as global connectivity for industries that rely on human and commodities movement, such as tourism and manufacturing.

At the conference, Widodo also emphasized cooperation in innovation, digital technology, and green technology, as well as investment for equitable and sustainable development and global cooperation for developing country advancement.

He also asked for the global health architecture to be strengthened.

He proposed three ideas to make this vision a reality.

First, he added, governments must devise a method for pooling global health resources, such as financing, vaccines, drugs, medical equipment, and medical personnel, so that they can be quickly deployed to countries in need.

Second, Widodo urged all summit participants to develop a standard for health protocols in cross-national activities, including travel health procedures.

Last but not least, he believes the G20 should be a part of the answer to closing gaps and scarcity in vaccinations, medications, and key medical equipment.

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