Jokowi meets with Australian Prime Minister to discuss climate change vaccination

Jokowi meets with Australian Prime Minister to discuss climate change vaccination

PRESIDENT Joko Widodo held a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister (PM) Scott Morrison on the sidelines of a visit to Rome, Italy, to attend the G20 summit. The two leaders met at the Splendide Royal Hotel on Saturday (10/30) to discuss three things, namely vaccination against COVID-19, economic recovery, and the issue of climate change.

President Jokowi expressed his appreciation for the cooperation between Indonesia and Australia. In the management of COVID-19, the President welcomed the support given to the Covid-19 vaccine by Australia. “For bilateral relations, I am happy to see continued progress. Firstly, I express my gratitude for Australia’s support for vaccines for Indonesia, 1.2 million doses of vaccine arrived last week and we welcome the expected arrival of 10.5 million doses vaccine, “Jokowi said.

The president said that currently the conditions for dealing with COVID-19 in Indonesia have improved significantly. The positive case rate or positivity rate in Indonesia has reached less than 1%. Then, more than 185 million vaccines were injected. “It is no less important that health protocols are always maintained,” he added.

To Prime Minister Morrison, Jokowi urged Australia to start thinking about economic recovery, including in the tourism sector, given the trend of improving COVID-19 management in Indonesia. Therefore, Jokowi proposed the creation of a vaccine pathway (VTL) for Indonesia and Australia and cooperation for the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates. “I understand that the two foreign ministers have started to communicate the possibility of cooperation. I hope the VTL and the recognition of vaccine certificates can be completed soon. I think this will accelerate the economic recovery, of course. safe, “said the former mayor of Solo.

President Jokowi also wants Indonesia and Australia to continue working together on the development of the green economy and the energy transition. According to the president, the issue of affordable technology and investment plays an important role in the success of economic transformation.

“Therefore, I welcome the joint declaration on cooperation in the green economy and energy transition. The cooperation contained in this joint declaration is in line with the spirit of the Indonesian presidency of the G20 in 2022, ”he said.

In the future presidency of the G20 Indonesia, Jokowi wishes to encourage a number of concrete collaborations in several key sectors, namely digital, energy transition and financial inclusion. In the digital sector, Jokowi wants to ensure an inclusive digital transition for growth and development. In the energy transition sector, said Jokowi, the G20 must be able to ensure the availability of low carbon technologies at affordable prices so that the energy transition can be achieved by all countries.

In the area of ​​financial inclusion, the President specifically focused on the issue of MSMEs and women. “I hope Australia will strongly support the three Indonesian proposals. I also hope to be able to personally welcome Her Majesty next year at our summit in Bali on October 30-31, 2022,” he said.

The coordinating minister of the economy Airlangga Hartarto and the foreign minister Retno Marsudi were also present to accompany the president to the bilateral meeting. (OL-8)


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