Suharso Monoarfa



The EU and EU Member States have been playing an important role to support the Government of Indonesia in achieving the development targets in the National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The EU’s support for Indonesia has expanded from funding support to technical assistances, and valuable knowledge and experience-sharing with strong principles in green and inclusive development.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU, together with EU Member States, has been supporting Indonesia’s COVID-19 emergency response through various programmes at the regional, national, and community levels, including supporting the global initiatives in inclusive and safe vaccine provision. Today, as the world is joining efforts in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Indonesia and the EU share a similar understanding that our recovery shall be inclusive and sustainable. The EU and EU Member States, as “Team Europe”, have been supporting COVID-19 Green Recovery in Indonesia, which is also in line with the EU’s European Green Deal strategy.

As Indonesia assumes the G20 Presidency in 2022, the future partnership between Indonesia and the EU becomes even more strategic to manifest G20 priority issues into concrete actions. Under the theme “Recover Together, Recover Stronger” Indonesia’s G20 Presidency aims to promote productivity, resilience and stability, as well as sustainable and inclusive growth post-pandemic in 2022. In this light, we would prioritise enhancing global health architecture including through technology transfer and equitable access to vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics (VTD), supporting digital transformation especially to leverage economic activities, and energy transition in synergy with energy security, accessibility and affordability. We believe that these efforts will not be achieved without fostering an enabling environment and partnership, completed with stronger leadership at national, regional, and global levels, in which development cooperation between the EU and Indonesia also plays a significant part.

During the G20 Presidency 2022, Indonesia wishes to extend the spirit of partnership and collectiveness in achieving a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The world has witnessed the vital role of global cooperation during the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, the future of our shared prosperity relies on our collective actions to ensure an inclusive and sustainable growth. With the support of the EU and EU Member States that have long held a significant and valuable contribution in the G20, we are confident that the G20 Indonesian Presidency will lead and pave the way for the world to recover together and stronger.