President Joko Widodo or Jokowi returned from the G20 high-level conference or summit, India, and arrived in Indonesia on Sunday evening, September 10 2023. During his three-day overseas trip, Jokowi paid attention to climate issues and explored further investment possibilities for Capital of the Archipelago. Jokowi, as president of the G20 last year, took part in around three sessions at the high-level meeting held at the Bharat Mandapam, New Delhi last weekend. He delivered a number of speeches related to climate issues and the importance of multilateral cooperation amidst dynamic global conditions, in multilateral cooperation forums between developed and developing countries.
Apart from attending the main agenda of the G20 India Summit
Jokowi held bilateral meetings with a number of state leaders. Jokowi met with United Arab Emirates President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Italian PM Giorgia Meloni.
On the first day of the G20 Summit on Saturday, September 9 2023, Jokowi received a French investment commitment for the Archipelago Capital or IKN. According to him, the French ambassador to Indonesia had brought potential French investors to IKN, by producing a Letter of Intent to build a new capital city.
Jokowi hopes that an agreement between France and Indonesia can be realized in the near future.
Meanwhile, in a 20-minute meeting with Italian PM Giorgia Meloni on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, there was no mention of any agreement between the countries. However, Jokowi also invite Meloni to get involve in the development of IKN.
Regarding climate, the president called for real action to protect the preservation of the earth. He said that developing countries like Indonesia needed assistance in the field of technology and green investment to accelerate the reduction of emissions in the world.
Jokowi wants the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP)
scheme agree at the G20 Bali Summit last year to be expanded and enlarged facilities,” he said. The G20 has become a heated forum for geopolitical discourse. The group is divide in its views on the Ukraine war. As a result, in the joint declaration there is no statement criticizing Russia, which has invaded its neighboring country since February 2022.
“We must stop war, adhere firmly to international law, and work together to achieve inclusiveness,” said Jokowi in the second session of the G20 Summit on Saturday, September 9 2023, without elaborating on which war he was referring to.
Before attending the G20 Summit, Jokowi had just chaired the ASEAN Summit a week ago. Jokowi emphasized that Indonesia continues to encourage the Southeast Asian bloc to become an anchor for regional stability in the Indo-Pacific.
During a bilateral meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Jokowi said the Netherlands had agreed to development cooperation with ASEAN. He did not elaborate on his statement further. Director of ASEAN Politics and Security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Faizal Chery Sidharta, has not responded to messages sent to his number when asked about this.