Strengthening Communities and MSMEs as Agents of Tourism Transformation Becomes Focus of Discussion on 2nd TWG G20 Summit

Jakarta, September 20th 2022 – Indonesia, in particular, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (MOTCE) is again a focal point in the 2nd Tourism Working Group (TWG) which will take place in Nusa Dua, Bali, on September 23, 2022.

The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy/Head of Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, in a statement, Tuesday (20/9/2022), stated that the tourism and creative economy are economic drivers and job creators, not only in Indonesia but throughout the world.

“Before the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism was one of the most critical sectors in the world economy. It contributed 10 percent of global GDP and absorbed more than 320 million jobs worldwide,” according to Minister Sandiaga.

Thus, TWG, which is one of the working groups of the Indonesian Presidency at the 2022 G20 Summit, brought up the main issue to be discussed at the meeting, namely the strengthening of communities and MSMEs as agents of transformation of tourism and creative economy, so that economic recovery must be centered on the community and is expected to be able to prosper them.

However, he mentioned data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) which showed that the COVID-19 pandemic had put 100 million tourism and creative economy workers in unfavorable conditions. The MSME businesses is also sluggish due to restrictions on community mobility.

“Therefore, together with G20 member countries, we need to design a best practice on how we can strengthen the tourism and creative economy sector from the community and MSME sides, so that they are able to become agents of change or local champions in encouraging economic recovery and creating wider employment opportunities,” he added.

The result of the 2nd TWG is in the form of finalization of the preparation of the G20 Bali Guideline in which there are various strategic policies collected from G20 member countries. It will be agreed by the Ministers at the Tourism Ministerial Meeting (TMM) which is the final series of the Tourism Working Group. TMM itself is scheduled to take place in Nusa Dua, Bali, on September 26, 2022.

“We hope that this meeting will result in a mutual agreement among the G20 member countries to overcome the existing challenges thoroughly by prioritizing collaboration and sustainability,” Sandiaga said.

In this TWG activity, the MOTCE provides souvenir support in the form 50 scarves for the companions of the G20 Summit TWG delegation. The souvenir scarf is a Lasem hand-drawn batik scarf produced by the Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) with Maranatha University, Bandung, and batik artisans in Lasem, Central Java.

“This is incredible and is a concrete step, because it is in accordance with the theme of the Tourism Working Group, namely strengthening communities and MSMEs through tourism and culture by strengthening the people’s economy,” he continued.

In addition to TWG and TMM, there will also be the 42nd World Tourism Day which will take place in Bali on September 27, 2022. Because this year Indonesia is appointed to host the celebration of World Tourism Day for the first time.

“Of course, the celebration of this World Tourism Day belongs to all of us, the Indonesian people as part of the world community. And the success of World Tourism Day 2022 will be the success of all of us and all Indonesian tourism people,” Sandiaga said.

G20 Delegations Affirms the Deliciousness of Indonesian Specialty Coffee

Badung, 20 September 2022 – The presence of Indonesian specialty coffee at the 3rd Meeting of the Trade, Investment, and Industry Working Group (TIIWG) and Trade, Investment, and Industry Ministerial Meeting (TIIMM) in Nusa Dua, Bali, on 19-23 September 2022 caught the attention of the delegates. A number of Indonesian coffee variants received praise and recommendations.

One of the TIIWG delegates from Spain, Martha Fernandez Ferrero and Alvaro Rodriguez Ruiz, admitted that they really enjoyed the taste of Aceh coffee. “This is my first time trying and choosing coffee from Aceh. It’s delicious and I recommend it,” said Martha. The delegation from Brazil, Luciana Vasques Fanesi, also affirms the deliciousness of Indonesian coffee. “Indonesian coffee is absolutely delicious,” he said.

The specialty coffee products served are from the Anomali brand. Anomali was present as the official beverage partner of the 3rd TIIWG and TIIMM Meeting in Bali. Marketing Manager of PT Anomali Coffee, Nadya Eka Putri, explained that the delegates could taste several coffee variants served for free, both single origin and special blends, such as Bali Ulian, Kintamani, Aceh, Toraja, Papua and Bajawa.

Specifically at this TIIWG-TIIMM event, Anomali also presented something unique, namely the exclusive packaging of two coffee variants from Bali, namely Bali Ulian and Bali Kintamani. The packaging of the two coffees is decorated with sketches of Balinese landscapes by Indonesian artists. The packaging of Bali Kintamani coffee has a picture of a terraced rice field and a package of Bali Ulian coffee with a panoramic picture of the beach.

“Because this event is in Bali, we must support the promotion of Bali as well,” said Nadya.

Nadya added that the packaging of this special edition cannot be separated from efforts to promote Indonesia’s natural wealth, especially the island of Bali which is the venue for the TIIWG-TIIMM. While tasting the coffee, the delegates were also given insight into the types of Indonesian coffee beans and the coffee-making process. The coffee cups also contains a QR code information that delegates can access to find out more about the background of the coffee they are tasting.

“Since the first day many have come and chat with us. So far the comments are good and they are happy with Anomali’s presence here,” concluded Nadya.

“Ojo Dibandingke” Song Warms up The G20 3rd TIIWG Meeting Welcoming Dinner

Badung, 19 September 2022 – The Sekar Jagat dance warmed the welcoming dinner for the Delegates of the G20 Trade, Investment and Industry Working Group (TIIWG) in Bali on 19 September 2022. Moreover, the Director General of International Trade Negotiations (ITN) as well as the Chair of TIIWG, Djatmiko Bris Witjaksono, also enlivened the atmosphere by contributing a performance with the song “Ojo Dibandingke” by Abah Lala which was popularized by Farel Prayogo and the song “Gethuk” by Manthous.

The Sekar Jagat dance is one of the Balinese dances that is usually performed at the opening or welcoming of a formal event. The delegates were also entertained by the Chandra Kirana music group from Bali, which consisted of 5 musicians and 1 vocalist and performed keroncong music.

In his remarks, Director General of ITN, Djatmiko Bris Witjaksono appreciated the meeting with Delegates from G20 member countries. “Considering that this is the last event at the working group level, I want to give my best to reach the intended consensus so that this working group can provide the best results,” said Djatmiko.

Djatmiko welcomed everyone to Bali, Indonesia, one of the most beautiful islands in the world and how people will be delighted with the dishes served. “Welcome to Bali, a very beautiful island not only for Indonesia, but also for the world. Bali is also known as the Island of Gods. I hope you can enjoy the atmosphere tonight,” he said.

As host, Djatmiko invites all participants to continue to collaborate and continue to be connected so that they can build common strengths in facing the challenges of the world economy. “I want all of us, with the G20 Indonesia Presidency, to be more connected with the spirit of collaboration, the spirit of cooperation, and the spirit of togetherness. It is hoped that the results we achieve can be useful and have a positive and significant impact on the world,” he said.

The 3rd TIIWG Meeting Begins, Ministry of Trade Encourages G20 Delegates to Discuss Six Priority Issues to Restore the Global Economy

Badung, 19 September 2022 – The Director General of International Trade Negotiations, Djatmiko Bris Witjaksono, as Chair of Trade, Investment, and Industry Working Group (TIIWG) expressed that all G20 country delegations actively participate in the G20 Ministerial Statement preparation session which covers six priority issues. Achieving consensus in the G20 Ministerial Statement is crucial in finding solutions to overcome global economic challenges.

The statement was conveyed by Djatmiko during the opening of the 3rd TIIWG Meeting in Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali, on Monday (19/9). The 3rd TIIWG Meeting will be held on 19-20 September 2022.

“The main agenda of our meeting is the preparation session of the G20 Ministerial Statement on trade, investment and industry. We hope that all G20 delegates can actively contribute to the discussion of the six priority issues to accelerate economic recovery and overcome global economic challenges,” said Djatmiko.

There are six priority issues to be discussed, namely the reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO); the role of the multilateral trading system to bolster the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); trade, investment and industry responses to pandemics and the global health architecture; digital trade and sustainable global value chains; sustainable investment for global economic recovery; and inclusive and sustainable industrialization via industry 4.0.

Djatmiko added that the TIIWG G20 Presidency will consider all views and inputs from all G20 countries in a balanced manner and focus on a common view in all priority agendas.

“We will focus the discussion on substantial issues related to the six priority issues and hold other issues that may cause controversy for the end of our discussion. We also emphasize that it is important for the delegates to present reasons related to the recommendations for substantive changes that will be submitted later,” said Djatmiko.

Previously, Djatmiko also expressed his appreciation for the contribution and participation of all delegates at the 1st and 2nd TIIWG meetings which were held in March and July of this year. “We believe the results of the TIIWG discussion can contribute to a strong, resilient, inclusive and sustainable economic recovery, and contribute to the successful implementation of Indonesia’s G20 Presidency,” said Djatmiko.

G20 4th Infrastructure Working Group Meeting The Presidency of Indonesia Finalized G20 Deliverables on Infrastructure Agenda

Yogyakarta, 16th September 2022 – Today on 16th September 2022, Presidency of Indonesia held the final meeting of the G20 Infrastructure Working Group (IWG), following the 3 series of meetings in January, March, and June. The 4th meeting took place in Yogyakarta from 15 to 16 September and was attended by several delegates from member countries and international organizations, in person and virtually.

The 4th meeting focused on finalizing deliverables of the G20 infrastructure agenda for endorsement at the upcoming Finance Minister and Central Bank Governor (FMCBG) meeting in October. IWG has six agendas, namely sustainable infrastructure investment, social inclusion and subnational disparities, post- pandemic transformative infrastructure, Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) indicators, digital infrastructure and InfraTech, and governance of the Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub). Deliverables on the G20 Blueprint for scaling up InfraTech financing and development as well as the QII indicators have been published at the G20 official website. The documents are expected to be inputs for G20 member countries in enhancing digitalized infrastructure and quality infrastructure investment.

Preceding the main event, on 14th September 2022, the Presidency held a seminar on “Advancing Sustainable and Inclusive Infrastructure Investment” in collaboration with the G20 Engagement Groups, namely Business 20/B20, Think 20/T20, and Urban 20/U20. The joint seminar aimed to encourage the implementation of IWG deliverables in promoting subnational infrastructure development by presenting case studies and how they can be replicated. Therefore, infrastructure development should not only focus on quantity, but also sustainability, inclusiveness, and ability to reduce subnational disparities.

The speakers who are representatives of G20 member countries and engagement groups presented various perspectives, initiatives, and experiences in financing sustainable development and leveraging private investment, especially for local/subnational governments. In the second session, the experience of the Special Region of Jakarta Province became a case study of collaborative efforts in building inclusive infrastructure at regional level.

Engagement groups and participants were expected to provide input and support to the implementation of the IWG deliverables, especially related to the framework on leveraging private sector participation to scale up sustainable infrastructure investment and the Policy Toolkit to mobilize funding and financing for inclusive and quality infrastructure investment in regions and cities. The two deliverables were finalized on the 1st day of the meeting. In addition to that, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) presented the final compendium of case studies on financing digital infrastructure development to gain views from member countries.

On the 2nd day meeting, the GI Hub presented an update of the InfraTracker 2.0 tool used to identify trends in infrastructure investment in G20 member countries and guest economies, which can be applied to prepare infrastructure planning. Member countries also discussed options of the GI Hub governance which will be presented to the FMCBG in October 2022.

The completion of deliverables from the G20 infrastructure agendas of the Presidency is the result of a good collaboration with all of G20 member countries and international organizations. Despite of non-binding and voluntary nature, it is expected that the deliverables can be applied by member countries and provide visible contributions and benefits to the achievement of the G20 theme, “Recover Together, Recover Stronger”. This also becomes the commitment of Indian Presidency next year as highlighted in the priorities and agenda presented at the end of the 4th IWG meeting.

Successfully Holds G20 Employment Ministers Meeting, Minister of Manpower: Thank You Bali!

Badung–The Ministry of Manpower, the focal point of the Indonesia G20 Presidency in the field of manpower, has successfully organized a series of the senior officials meetings and the G20 Manpower Ministers meetings throughout 2022. The result of the meetings are expected to cooperatively drive the rise of the workforce.

The Minister of Manpower Ida Fauziyah said, in terms of substance, the 6th  G20 Employment Working Group (EWG) meetings, which took place from 8 March 2022 to 13 September 2022, has successfully discussed critical issues. The results of the discussion on the EWG meetings later became the subject of discussion for the G20 Labor and Employment Ministers (LEMM) Meeting, resulted in 5 key documents.

“All of the issues we addressed and agreed upon, represent efforts in realizing “Improving the Employment Condition to Recover Together” theme, and achieving “Recover Together, Recover Stronger” (Indonesia G20 Presidency’s main theme).” Minister of Manpower Ida said through a press release from the Ministry of Manpower’s Public Relations Bureau, Thursday (15/9/2022).

From a technical point of views, Indonesia has shown its capability of becoming G20 Presidency by holding the series of G20 EWG and G20 LEMM meetings.

She also expressed his appreciation to all parties involved, not only the G20 members, invited countries, international organizations, and engagement groups, but also across ministries/agencies, the Police, the TNI, and the Regional Government who work together for the success of the Indonesia G20  Presidency in the field of manpower.

“I thank the G20 Ministers and Permanently Invited Countries, Ambassadors, Leaders of International Organizations, Heads of Social Partners, Heads of Delegations for their commitment, cooperation and participation for success of the G20 LEMM Presidency,” she said.

“In particular, we express our deepest gratitude to the Bali Provincial Government and the Balinese people for their generosity and hospitality, when the peak of event series of G20 Indonesia Presidency in the field of employment, were conducted” the Minister of Manpower concluded.

5 Essential Documents produced by G20 Employment Presidency

Badung– Indonesia’s G20 Presidency in the field of employment concluded the G20 Labor and Employment Ministers Meeting (LEMM). The meeting which was attended by the G20 Ministers of Manpower resulted in 5 essential documents.

“Thank God, the G20 LEMM was well organized and the entire agendas went well as expected,” the Minister of Manpower, Ida Fauziyah said after concluding the G20 LEMM in Badung, Bali, Wednesday (14/9/2022).

The five documents are

First, the Action Plan on Accelerating and Monitoring the G20 Principles for the Labor Market Integration of Persons with Disabilities. This document contains the members’ agreement in accelerating groups of persons with disabilities entering the inclusive labor market.

“In addition, monitoring the implementation and integration of persons with disabilities into the labor market should be based on a list of indicators, that will be analyzed and submitted by the ILO and OECD, reported every 4 years,” Minister of Manpower explained.

Second, The G20 Policy Recommendations for Sustainable Growth and Productivity in Human Capacity Development through Strengthening Community-Based Vocational Training (CBVT), an agreement to increase human resources capacity and productivity by implementing life-long learning, which pays attention to local needs and inclusive community participation, through Community-Based Vocational Training.

“For an important note, CBVT as the Komunitas BLK’s flagship program which we introduced to the world, offers an inclusive and sustainable vocational training approach,” she said.

Third, the Policy Recommendation on Promoting Entrepreneurship and Supporting MSMEs as a Job Creation Instrument, which contains the members’ agreement to commit in bolstering the inclusive and sustainable employment opportunities, through development and support for the entrepreneurship and MSME programs. This as one step of the instruments for expanding job opportunities and economic recovery.

Fourth, the G20 Policy Principles on Adapting Labor Protection for More Effective Protection and Increased Resilience for All Workers. This document contains the members’ agreement to grant adaptive labor protection for all workers in respons to the world of work changes by taking into account the three main determinants, namely the scope of labor protection, the level of protection, and the level of compliance. Moreover, it also encourages the inclusive and comprehensive Occupational Safety and Health (K3) policies, and engages with stakeholders such as workers, trade unions, employers, employers’ organizations, other organizations, and communities in social dialogue, both locally and nationally,” she continued.

Fifth, Update of the G20 Skills Strategy. This document contains the members’ agreement in developing integrated governance. So that it can ensure every citizen gets a decent basic education, and access to continuous skill improvement which relevant to the labor market changes, including through community-based vocational training.

“These documents, which are expected to be guidelines for considering labor policy making, are definitely applicable not only for G20 countries, but also developing countries,” she said.

The Minister of Manpower said, as the G20 LEMM chair, she have heard a lot of feedbacks and views during the G20 LEMM, related to global labor market conditions which still face challenges and uncertainty in the post-pandemic era.

“The forum is also committed to encourage acceleration efforts in achieving Antalya’s target of youth participation in the labor market and Brisbane’s target of women’s participation in the labor market by 2025,” Minister of Manpower said.

The Minister of Manpower added in addition to the five documents, there were Joint Statements L20 and B20 which received appreciation from the Ministers, Head of Delegations, and International Organizations.

“They appreciate the commitment of both social partners in establishing harmonious industrial relations, and mainstreaming social dialogue to encounter future employment challenges,” Minister of Manpower concluded.

Call to Action for Employment Recovery by Minister of Manpower for G20 Members

Badung– Minister of Manpower, Ida Fauziyah called on G20 Manpower Ministers to cooperatively recover global conditions from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The current conditions and future challenges can only be solved by enhancing the cooperation.” Minister of Manpower, Ida Fauziyah conveyed in her speech at the G20 Labor and Employment Ministers Networking Dinner with Social Partners in Badung, Bali, Tuesday (13/9/2022).

The Minister of Manpower expressed her hope to the G20 Manpower Ministers by saying a Balinese wisdom “Raket sekadi sampat lidi” (stick together like a broom stick).

“This powerful word of wisdom portrays  the power of unity. I am very pleased to witness the value in this meeting,” he said.

The Minister of Manpower also appreciated the G20 Manpower Ministers attendance which not only means their support for the G20 Presidency of Indonesia, but also demonstrated all G20 members’ commitment to collectively solve global global challenges.

“Looking at the all participant’s enthusiasm today, I am very optimistic, we can do our best to improve global employment conditions together,” she said.

The Minister of Manpower also appreciated the G20 Employment Working Group (EWG) delegates who were enthusiastic to discuss and agree on various important points in the EWG forum. One of the those important points is the human capacity development in the world of work and lifelong learning, one of which is a bottom-up approach through Community Based Vocational Training (CBVT).

In addition, the agreement which was made also concerning the importance of updating the G20 skills strategy, strengthening the inclusive labor market to accommodate persons with disabilities, a good investment climate and job creation through MSMEs by increasing business scale, as well as the principles of adaptive labor protection for workers in the uncertain world of work.

The Minister of Manpower also welcomed the Joint statements of Labor 20 (L20) and Business 20 (B20) which showed the spirit of G20 main theme “Recover Together, Recover Stronger”.

“I believe this will give great impacts at the national and global levels to face the employment challenges in the midst of the world uncertainty,” he said.

Ministry of Manpower Welcomes the B20 and L20 Joint Statements in G20 Employment Forum

Badung– The Ministry of Manpower welcomes the Joint Statement between Labor 20 (L20) and Business 20 (B20) which was part of of G20 Labor and Employment Ministers Meeting (G20 LEMM) series event. This joint statement shows the collective commitment between L20 and B20 in upholding the G20 Indonesia Presidency’s spirit “Recover Together, Recover Stronger”.

Minister of Manpower, Ida Fauziyah conveyed in her speech at the G20 Labor and Employment Ministers Networking Dinner with Social Partners in Badung, Bali, Tuesday (13/9/2022).

The Minister of Manpower really appreciated the joint statement between B20 and L20, as it’s in line with the Employment Working Group issues discussed since early March.

“I believe this will give great impacts at the national and global levels in facing the employment challenges in the midst of world uncertainty,” he said.

B20 Indonesia Chair, Shinta Kamdani said to support the G20, B20 is committed to improving global employment conditions through collective consensus in order to create inclusive, innovative, and collaborative growth.

Therefore, B20 together with L20 identified a number of issues that arise and addressed them to 3 main agendas: productive, modern, and decent work; support sustainable enterprises to create decent wage conditions; and create a non-discriminatory company policy that supports gender equality in workplace in Indonesia and globally.

“B20 and L20 collaborates to overcome global and geopolitical challenges through the preparation of tripartite recommendations which encourages reform in employment conditions, especially to address gaps in employment opportunities and conditions between developed and developing countries,” Shinta Kamdani said.

Meanwhile, the General Chair of KADIN, Arsjad Rasjid said gender inclusiveness in one of the keys to face the digitalization era, considering that gender equality improvement potential will increase global economic growth by USD 14 trillion by 2030.

“Thus, B20 by the Women in Business Action Council recognises the gender equality issues through the legacy of One Global Women Empowerment which supports women empowerment in the business sector, digital capacity building, and policies that favor a safe and equal work environment,” he said.

Ministry of Manpower Concludes the 6th G20 EWG Meeting

Badung– Indonesia G20 Presidency in the field of employment officially concluded the 6th meeting of the G20 Employment Working Group (EWG Meeting). This meeting created an assessment instrument in measuring policies which recognise the persons with disabilities in each country.

“Yesterday we made agreement to which assessment instrument will be utilized. That instrument will be a set of tool to measure the extent to which each’s country policy recognises the disability group,” Secretary General of Ministry of Manpower, Anwar Sanusi said concluded The 6th G20 EWG Meeting di Badung, Bali, Tuesday (13/9/2022).

He explained that one of which instruments can be the number of disabled workers working in the private and public sectors. In Indonesia, this has been initiated since Law Number 8 of 2016 concerning Persons with Disabilities was established, which requires employees to employ persons with disabilities at least two percent of the total number employees for the public sector and one percent for the private sector.

“We’ll later evaluate this at the 2024 meeting (after 4 year of implementation), since it will clearly demonstrate the conditions of each country are,” he explained.

Job creation is one of the main issues brought up the Indonesian G20 Presidency at the EWG meeting, followed up in Labor and Employment Ministers Meeting (LEMM) on Wednesday (14/9).

Anwar Sanusi highlighted that the urgency of job creation is to provide equal opportunities for the persons with disabilities, as the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the employment sector in Indonesia, persons with disabilities were the most vulnerable group.

As the advancement, Indonesia is the first country in the G20 to encourage efforts to provide affirmative environment for persons with disabilities.

“Don’t let people only get enthusiastic about this issue yet there is no follow-up. Hence, I’m proud that there is an instrument which can be utilised to assess persons with disabilities policies have follow-up procedure to favour them,” Anwar Sanusi said.

Another issue brought up were community based vocational training, sustainable job creation, social protection for employment in the new world of work, as well as updating the G20 skills strategy.