Minister Hartarto discusses global crisis management with UNESCAP

For feeding studies, we hope that the study results can increase the efficiency and productivity of national feeding

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, discussed the management of the global crisis during a virtual meeting with the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Armida S. Alisjahbana.

“Indonesia is playing a role in dealing with the global situation that is happening in Eastern Europe today. In addition, Indonesia is strategically positioned to meet the (needs) of food and base, especially coal in the region,” Minister Hartarto noted in a statement. Thursday.

At the meeting prompted by Indonesia’s appointment as a member of the Global Crisis Response Group (GCRG), Minister Hartarto spoke at length about the GCRG’s Sherpa Forum discussions on food security, energy security and financial issues which were in line with the discussions on the priority agenda of the Indonesian presidency of the G20.

Regarding food security, Hartarto pointed out that Indonesia is able to meet national food needs. This year, Indonesia recorded a rice production surplus of seven million tonnes. Meanwhile, in terms of energy security, Indonesia’s coal is in high demand due to high oil and gas prices due to the conflict in Eastern Europe.

Regarding Indonesia’s role in the GCRG and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Hartarto is optimistic that ESCAP would support the Indonesian government in studying the direction of the GCRG’s discussion on the food, energy and finance, and then examining financing schemes for development, such as through blended finance mechanisms and in energy transition efforts as well as to combat climate change.

“For diet studies, we hope that the study results can increase the efficiency and productivity of the national diet,” he said.

Meanwhile, speaking of the digital economic potential, Minister Hartarto said that Indonesia is the biggest digital economy market in Southeast Asia. In 2019, Indonesia’s digital economy was valued at US$40 billion and is expected to grow to US$133 billion by 2030. The digital economy sector in Indonesia has also seen positive growth of 11% during the pandemic. of COVID-19.

“However, on the other hand, Indonesia’s digital literacy status and digital competitiveness are still not optimal, so it requires the support of various parties to take advantage of industry opportunities,” he said. -He underlines.

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Additionally, Hartarto also reported developments on the pre-employment card program. Since its launch in April 2020 and until June 2022, no less than 12.8 million people have benefited from the advantages of the pre-employment card program, broken down into 53% men and 47% women.

During Indonesia’s G20 Presidency, Hartarto considers it crucial for Indonesia to cooperate with parties involved in the digital economy ecosystem to bring concrete achievements to the community. In line with this objective, the Digital Economy Task Force will launch the G20 Digital Innovation Network (DIN).

The G20 DIN Forum is the first forum that brings together several startups, venture capitalists, policy makers and companies from the digital economy sector.

This year, the G20 DIN is targeting 100 startups, with innovations focused on the healthcare sector, green and renewable energy, financial inclusion and supply chains.

Meanwhile, ESCAP Executive Secretary Armida Alisjahbana hailed the implementation of the pre-employment card program in Indonesia. In addition to helping Indonesians by improving their skills and competencies, the program is also a semi-social assistance device for communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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She noted that the pre-employment card program also helped increase financial inclusion, as it collaborated with formal financial institutions and fintechs in distributing incentives. Collaboration between the Government of Indonesia and ESCAP should be solidified, so that the program can be replicated by other countries, especially countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Alisjahbana also congratulated and hailed the establishment of the Indonesian G20 Chairmanship while expressing hope that this activity would maintain the unity of the G20 to provide solutions to current global issues. In addition, it supports the achievements and progress of government programs in encouraging the achievement of the SDGs in Indonesia. She is confident that these achievements will serve as best practices for other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

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