Indonesia pushes full steam ahead on G20 Summit preparations

Indonesia will host the G20 Summit on November 15-16, 2022 for the first time in the Bali Islands, one of the most famous tourist spots in the world, as part of its presidency of the grouping.

The theme of Indonesia’s G20 presidency, which it assumed in December 2021, is “Recovering Together, Recovering Stronger”.

The Group of 20 (G20) is a strategic multilateral platform connecting the world’s major developed and emerging economies: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Russia, South Africa , Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union. Spain is a permanent guest at the G20.

The group’s members account for more than 80 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP), 75 percent of world trade, and 60 percent of the world’s population.

The Indonesian government has been preparing intensively for the summit and expects all G20 leaders such as Vladimir Putin of Russia, Joe Biden of the US, Anthony Albanese of Australia and King Salman of Saudi Arabia to attend the Bali summit in person .

The preparations covered security matters, logistics, transportation, accommodation, infrastructure development and other facilities including, among others, the media center and emergency medical care for the delegates.

So far, according to Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, the preparations are on the right track.

“In terms of logistics and the essential aspects, we are ready. I also believe our preparation progress is on track,” she told the press after reporting on the progress of preparations to President Joko Widodo at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on September 9, 2022.

Vice President Ma’ruf Amin said in August that preparations for hosting the G20 summit were almost 100 percent complete.

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“As previously communicated by the Coordinating Minister (Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan) during the coordination meeting, our preparation progress is close to 100 percent,” Amin said.

During the previously held G20 Summit Coordination Meeting, the Vice-President instructed stakeholders to ensure perfect services and event agendas to make a positive impression on attendees.

Regarding the security aspect, the Indonesian Police (Polri) have intensified security checks at various gates to the island of Bali.

Polri has identified five priority security areas – Seminyak, Jimbaran, North Nusa Dua, South Nusa Dua and Sanur.

“The five areas are prioritized because all delegates, including the president’s activities, will be centralized there,” Polri Deputy Inspector General Agung Setya Imam Effendi said recently.

At least 8,000 personnel have been deployed to security operations at the G20 summit, while 1,600 police officers serve as reserve forces.

“The police are also preparing special vehicles – ships, helicopters and escort cars – to secure the areas,” said Effendi.

Polri prepared traffic engineering on 10 streets and installed 4,600 surveillance cameras (CCTVs) connected to the police control center.

Meanwhile, the Navy has prepared 12 warships to secure the G20 summit and appointed Fleet Commander II Admiral TSNB Hutabarat as operational control command to secure the sea around the island, according to Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Yudo Margono.

Regarding the development of the infrastructure needed for the smooth holding of the summit, the Office of the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment assured that all infrastructure-related preparations for the G20 will be completed by the end of October.

Preparations include beautification of I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, main venue at Apurva Kempinski Hotel, Garuda Wisnu Kencana and mangrove forest park where heads of state and guests are expected to visit.

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The government has also prepared electric vehicle facilities such as vehicles and battery charging stations.

A total of 1,259 battery-based electric vehicles – four-wheelers and two-wheelers – have been prepared for the summit.

For hotels, the government has recommended 22 hotels with a total of 8,263 rooms. Fourteen of the hotels are located in the Nusa Dua area. They have a capacity of 5,795 rooms and also offer presidential suites that suit the needs of the respective heads of state.

The remaining eight recommended hotels are located in Kuta, Jimbaran, Sanur, Seminyak and Tanjung Benoa.

The health ministry has also prepared medical service facilities for the summit, which is expected to be attended by at least 600 delegates, according to Sunarto, the ministry’s director of medical services.

“There will be a mini intensive care unit, a clinic and a mobile team at the main venue. The specifications of our mini intensive care unit (include) a patient bed, an examination bed, a table, chairs and a mobile ventilator if there is a cardiac or pulmonary emergency. In addition, there are bedside monitors, tubes, emergency kits and the like,” he said.

Sunarto said heart specialists and anesthesiologists, as well as trained doctors and nurses, will be on standby in the mini-ICU.

The ministry has also prepared standardized clinics in 22 hotels participating in the G20 summit and sent trained general practitioners and nurses.

The ministry has also prepared seven international referral hospitals – IGM Ngurah Hospital, Bali Mandara Hospital, Udayana University Hospital, Siloam Hospital, BIMC Nusa Dua Hospital, Bhayangkara Hospital and Tk II Udayana Hospital – which are closest to the Activities at the Apurva Kempinski are hotel for delegates.

For the media covering the summit, the Ministry of Communications and Information has set up a media center that will operate from Nov. 13 to 17, according to the ministry’s Director-General for Public Information and Communications Usman Kansong.

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The Media Center is located at The Westin Resort & BICC, Nusa Dua and will accommodate 1,500 local and international journalists.

The media center is equipped with 96 computers connected to a LAN (Local Area Network) with an internet speed of 1.5 gigabytes per second.

Other facilities include a press conference room with a capacity for 443 people, interpreters for five languages, a break room and a photocopier.

The ministry, tasked with public communications, will issue press releases in two languages, English and Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia), as well as feed clean photos and videos that can be used by TV stations to broadcast content.

Journalists from home and abroad interested in covering the summit can register on the official G20 website (https://g20.org/registration). Registration will remain open until October 10th.

As of September 20, at least 750 journalists from 156 media outlets have signed up to cover the G20 summit.

The journalists include 203 from 45 national media and 547 journalists from 111 overseas media.

It will be very interesting to follow the G20 summit in Bali amidst the war in Ukraine after the Russian invasion as several G20 members are directly or indirectly involved in the war.

Indonesia, as G20 president and host of the upcoming Bali summit, has so far remained impartial and has tried to persuade the conflicting parties to return to the negotiating table.

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