In his speech during this year’s virtual G20 Summit, Jokowi expressed how the world is anxiously awaiting the results of the event which gathers the most powerful economies in the world, including Indonesia.
Nevertheless, the Indonesian President used the global platform to remind G20 leaders about providing equal access to a Covid-19 vaccine should the world economy seek a speedy recovery.
In other news, Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab has been warned by the country’s Ombudsman body to pay attention to what he advocates given that he is a public figure in the country.
The leader of the radical Islamic group has managed to drive news coverage since his return to Indonesia earlier this month though mostly for stirring up trouble.
In Indonesia’s Aceh region, the Indonesian National Police and the Indonesian Military caught three suspects involved in the human trafficking of Rohingya refugees.
Their apprehension has allowed law enforcement officials in the country to extract information regarding the payments involved in the trafficking of the world’s most persecuted minorities.
More details on today’s Indonesia news are highlighted below:
1. Jokowi Highlights Economic Recovery and Covid-19 Vaccine to G20 Leaders
The Indonesian President reminded G20 leaders that the world will not recover unless all countries have recovered from the coronavirus pandemic, according to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.
For this reason, Jokowi underscored the importance of having equal access to a Covid-19 vaccine without exceptions.
In the context of the world economy, Jokowi stated that developing countries need fiscal space to enhance their chances of an economic recovery post-pandemic.
Based on UNCTAD data, the organization has requested funding of $2.5 trillion to support developing countries’ economic recovery plans.
Debt restructuring is another key measure for post-pandemic recovery of emerging markets and countries with a low-income status moving in line with debt management measures.
Jokowi has specifically called for debt restructuring to be offered by the biggest lenders.