Indonesia stands firm on the G20 economic agenda

Group of 20 (G20) chair Indonesia will adhere to the economic theme of G20 meetings this year, even though a growing rift between members over the Ukraine crisis threatens to derail talks at the international forum. G20 sherpa track chair and Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto said Indonesia would uphold the group’s traditional role as an economic forum. The government will not realign the agenda to accommodate geopolitical issues, “which are clearly political and security issues”.

“There are many forums for geopolitical and security issues, such as the United Nations general meeting and UN Security Council. These are the channels to resolve geopolitical issues in Ukraine,” Airlangga told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

As the leader of the G20 forum this year, Indonesia has been adamant not to accommodate pressures to address the political impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The international forum, which includes Russia, has been on track despite the US and its western allies questioning whether Russia should remain within the G20 following the invasion.

March 25, 2022, The Jakarta Post