As Indonesia prepares to host the G20 summit in Bali in November, the Indonesian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Husin Bagis, stressed the need for a coordinated commitment to mutual cooperation among nations to address the different challenges of today’s world.
“Mutual cooperation is what Indonesians call ‘Gotong Royong’, which means everyone carries the same burden, therefore, we must all work together to achieve a definite and common goal of a prosperous and peaceful world. That’s the message we’re trying to get across through the G20,” Bagis said. Khaleej times.
In its 17th edition, which will take place from 15 to 16 November, the G20 Summit will focus on three priority sectors that are key to a strong and sustainable recovery, namely food and energy security, strengthening the architecture global health, as well as digital transformation. . “To address global challenges, each country must develop cooperation both multilaterally and bilaterally,” noted the Ambassador.
Road to recovery
“Indeed, the pandemic has hit us hard, especially in terms of economic growth. Although Indonesia is confident in the positive trajectory of economic growth, post-pandemic there are many other challenges that will impact growth,” Bagis said.
These issues, he said, include food and energy insecurity and climate change. “That is why Indonesia is actively involved in efforts to achieve peace between Russia and Ukraine, to ensure that food supply will not be disrupted again, as well as Indonesia’s active role in the UNCCC COP.”
“As a forum created in response to the global crisis, we believe the G20 is becoming the appropriate forum for international economic cooperation.”
The Ambassador went on to express the importance of the UAE’s participation in the summit, especially as a leader in priority issues facing the world. “We believe that the UAE will contribute to achieving concrete results at the G20 this year, for the benefit of the global economy. We all know that the UAE is indeed one of the leading countries in the three priority areas (global health architecture, digital transformation and sustainable energy transition).
A notable partnership between the UAE and Indonesia was the signing of the CEPA (Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement) between Indonesia and the UAE on July 1, 2022. It is expected to bring the trade balance between the two countries to $10 billion over the next few years. “IUAE CEPA is expected to be Indonesia’s entry point to the UAE, which is a hub for increasing exports to potential destination countries such as the Middle East, Africa , Central Asia and South Asia,” Bagis explained.
According to the agreement, Indonesia will get 0% (duty free) for export products of gold, tires, spare parts, car accessories, car batteries, solar batteries, palm oil, jewelry, paper, rubber and spices.
“In addition to strong economic ties, Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, and the United Arab Emirates demonstrate shared common values regarding moderate Islam and a willingness to work together to promote tolerance and fight against religious extremism,” Bagis added.
On the way to COP27
The Ambassador said both Indonesia and the UAE are committed to tackling environmental and climate change, which remains a shared mission and concern for both nations, and a growing area of cooperation.
“No country is immune to the effects of climate change. In Indonesia, we experienced harsher weather conditions with rainfall and high temperatures. This has wide implications for the ecosystem in Indonesia and will jeopardize food and water security, loss of land in coastal areas and increase health risks.
“I am happy that one of our cooperations with the United Arab Emirates concerns mangroves, which constitute a natural barrier for coastal communities and entire ecosystems against storm surges, floods and erosion.”
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Mangrove Development Program was signed on February 15, 2021 and the two parties are in the process of having the implementation arrangement, Bagis said.
“One of the programs is A Mangrove Alliance for Climate which aims to support and promote mangroves as a solution to climate change in the form of mangrove plantations, joint studies and research.
“Leaders [from both countries] continuously cooperate in the areas of knowledge and technology transfer for the green transition and waste management. The two countries agreed to achieve the said goals and milestones during the G20 Leaders’ Summit and COP 27 in Sharm el-Sheikh,” he concluded.
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