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    Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence (left) greets President Jokowi

    Asia House welcomes Indonesian President Joko Widodo for COP26 briefing

    Published On: 1 November 2021

    As global leaders gather in Scotland for COP26, Asia House hosted Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and seven of his senior ministers for a private briefing with with Corporate Members.

    President Jokowi updated corporates on Indonesia’s response to the challenge of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Highlighting the need for global cooperation in helping to meet climate goals, President Jokowi said that Indonesia is committed to phasing out coal by 2040, “if there is international cooperation, technology, and fair economic cost to support the energy transition.”

    The President also discussed opportunities for investment as the country pursues sustainable growth and innovation.

    “Indonesia is ready to be a good partner for your investment,” he said.

    Corporate representatives from the Asia House network raised a range of issues with the President and his ministers, including Indonesia’s plans for energy transition and the country’s ambitions for its G20 chairmanship.

    Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive of Asia House, chaired the dialogue. “I’m grateful to President Jokowi and his ministers for taking part in the briefing, which was an open and constructive discussion covering a range of issues. It was particularly timely as Indonesia takes on G20 Chairmanship in a crucial period for action on climate change and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

    Indonesian ministers who took part in the briefing included the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Pandjaitan; Finance Minister Sri Mulyani; the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto; Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar; Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi; State-owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir, and Basuki Hadimuljono – Minister of Public Works and Public Housing.

    The briefing was convened in Turnberry, Scotland, as part of the Asia House COP26 Programme.

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