Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) officially opened the two-day G20 Summit here on Tuesday.

“Good morning, leaders. Today, I announce the opening of the G20 Summit,” Jokowi said while opening the G20 Summit being held on November 15-16, 2022. The G20 is a multilateral cooperation forum comprising 19 major countries and the European Union (EU). The G20 represents more than 60 percent of the world’s population, 75 percent of global trade, and 80 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP).

The G20 members comprise of South Africa, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Germany, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Russia, France, China, Turkey, and the European Union. Spain is the grouping’s permanent guest country.

In his remarks, the president welcomed the leaders of the G20 countries and the delegates present at the meeting, whom he had earlier individually extended a welcome. President Jokowi then immediately drew attention to several issues that are currently occurring in the world. He noted that the G20 Summit should take into consideration those issues, including the fertilizer issue.

The head of state emphasized that the fertilizer issue should not be underestimated. If concrete steps are not taken immediately, then the fertilizer supply and prices will be disrupted. He stated that this situation will affect the following year.

The crisis could escalate into a food supply crisis, as the scarcity and high price of fertilizers could increase food prices in several parts of the world, Jokowi stated. “For 48 developing countries, with the highest level of vulnerability, this will be a very serious condition,” he remarked.

President Jokowi also stated that the entire world was watching the G20 Summit. Hence, the summit must be held successfully.

“However, success can only be achieved if all of us without exception are committed to working hard to set aside differences to present something concrete that is beneficial to the world,” Jokowi remarked.

Indonesia’s Presidency in the 2022 G20 raised the three main issues of global health architecture, digital transformation, and sustainable energy transition. Three countries’ leaders — Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador — are  absent from the summit.

Reporter: Rangga Pandu A J, Resinta S

Editor: Fardah Assegaf