The President said he was grateful that 17 leaders of G20 member countries confirmed their attendance in Bali, especially when the world has been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises.
MAWAR KUSUMA WULAN, COKORDA YUDISTIRA M PUTRA
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo expressed appreciation for world leaders who confirmed their attendance for the Group of 20 Summit. Last night, the President spoke with the Russian president by phone.
JAKARTA, KOMPAS - With the upcoming Group of 20 Summit in Bali, which kicks off in two weeks, 17 state leaders confirmed their attendance for the summit being held on November 15-16. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, on Wednesday (2/11/2022), said that there were only three state leaders who had yet to confirm their attendance. “There are only three who have not yet [confirmed their attendance]. I will call them later to confirm,” said President Jokowi in his press statement after visiting the Indo Defense 2022 Expo & Forum held at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, without revealing the three leaders.
The President said he was grateful that 17 leaders of G20 member countries confirmed their attendance in Bali, especially when the world has been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises. “It is quite a lot, 17 to 18 [attendees]. It’s a very large number. Even under normal circumstances, 17 to 18 is a lot,” he added.
Furthermore, the President said that the attendance of state leaders at the G20 Summit in Bali was an honor for Indonesia. “It means that in very difficult times, their attendance is a great honor for us,” he said.
According to the Kremlin, the two leaders discussed the G20 Summit.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Wednesday, spoke with President Jokowi by phone. According to the Kremlin, the two leaders discussed the G20 Summit. However, it was not revealed whether Putin will be present in Bali.
Meanwhile, regarding airport arrangements for the planes of G20 state leaders arriving in Indonesia, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said that several airports will be prepared; Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali; Lombok International Airport, Lombok; Juanda International Airport, Sidoarjo and Sultan Hasanuddin International airport, Makassar. “It can also be extended to Yogyakarta and Solo,” said Budi Karya when asked by the media at the State Palace in Jakarta.
Previously, in a press release from the communications and public information bureau of the Transportation Ministry on Oct. 27, 2022, regarding the readiness of the air transportation sector, Budi Karya asked all members of the Indonesia National Air Carriers Associations (INACA) to continue operating commercial flights optimally.
These operations will still adhere to restrictions on Nov. 14-18, 2022, as stated in the civil aviation director general’s circular No. 11/2022 concerning flight operational arrangements during the implementation of the 2022 G20 Summit of Indonesia’s presidency at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali. “This provision is to accommodate VVIP flights and delegations with regular flights,” said Budi Karya.
Stakeholders in Bali have also made preparations. The local police will enforce traffic regulations and restrict community activities, especially in Denpasar municipality and Badung regency. According to a circular issued by the land transportation director general, dated Oct. 31 concerning traffic management during the G20 Summit in Bali, the police will implement the odd-even plate number policy and limit the operation of freight transportation. This traffic regulation will be effective from Friday (11/11) to the following Thursday (17/11). Restrictions will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
These restrictions will mainly be imposed on 10 roads in Denpasar municipality and Badung regency. Areas subject to traffic regulations include the Pesanggaran-Sanur intersection, the Kuta-Pesanggaran intersection, the Kuta-Tugu Ngurah Rai intersection, Ngurah Rai in Nusa Dua, the Pesanggaran-Benoa gate intersection, the Denpasar airport-Tugu Ngurah Rai intersection, Jimbaran-Uluwatu, the Bali Mandara toll road, Jl. Uluwatu II and Jl. Kampus Udayana in Jimbaran.
However, the traffic regulations do not apply to a number of vehicles, such as vehicles for leaders of state institutions, vehicles for leaders of foreign countries and international institutions who are state guests, official vehicles, vehicles with stickers issued by the National Committee for the implementation of the G20 Summit, electric vehicles and ambulances.
Bali Police public relations head Sr. Comr. Stefanus Satake Bayu Setianto said that all ranks of the Bali Police are ready to support the smooth running of the G20 Summit. “We also help disseminate information to all communities and stakeholders according to the circular,” said Satake.
Restrictions on community activities in Bali during the G20 Summit are regulated in a circular issued by the Bali governor. In the circular, restrictions on community activities in areas across Denpasar municipality and Badung regency will take effect on Nov. 12-17.
Restrictions will be imposed on learning activities, government and private offices, traditional ceremonies and religious activities. Restrictions will also be imposed in areas or routes to the venue of the G20 Summit. These areas and routes are within the ITDC Nusa Dua area as well as outside, including the Bali Mandara toll road to the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park and the mangrove planting location at the Ngurah Rai Grand Forest Park.
Likewise, government and private offices must work remotely. Health services at health facilities will operate as usual.
Learning activities at schools and university campuses in Kuta and South Kuta areas in Badung regency as well as the South Denpasar area in Denpasar municipality will be done online from Nov. 12-17. Likewise, government and private offices must work remotely. Health services at health facilities will operate as usual.
Bali Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, better known as Tjok Ace, said that the G20 Summit being held in Bali, as well as the series of preliminary meetings held prior to the summit, will have direct and indirect impacts on Bali. Meetings or conferences that serve as a side event of the G20 Summit will affect the occupancy of hotel rooms, especially in hotels around the area where the event is held.
Tjok Ace added that Bali has also received attention and support from the central government to improve and equip the infrastructure and facilities to support the implementation of the G20 Summit. “An important benefit of holding the G20 Summit in Bali is the recovery and restoration of the world’s trust in Bali as a safe, comfortable and attractive destination,” Tjok Ace said to Kompas.
Previous Bali governor Wayan Koster asked hotel managers to use local Balinese products for the guests’ meals. (WKM/COK)