Bappenas & PT Dirgantara Indonesia Hold Side Event at G20 Development Ministerial Meeting to Discuss Aerospace Industry Development

As part of the G20 Indonesia 2022 Presidency, the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas, together with PT Dirgantara Indonesia, held the G20 Development Ministerial Meeting Side Event in Belitung on 7-8 September. The theme of the side event is “Harnessing the Ecosystem of Aerospace Industry in Indonesia”.

“This agenda aims to provide space for policy makers, development actors, and international partners to showcase good practices, challenges, and lessons and experiences learned within the aerospace industry that are relevant to the Indonesian context, as well as to increase collaboration between G20 countries,” the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas’ Deputy for Economic Affairs Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti said on Tuesday (6/9).

On the sidelines of the side event, which consists of a high-level panel on 7 September and an international seminar on 8 September, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between PT Dirgantara Indonesia and Airbus to support the growth of the national aerospace industry and strengthen its ecosystem.

“The Indonesian government believes that the potential of technology in the aerospace industry is an extraordinary asset that needs to be managed accordingly, with improved and enhanced capacity and capability to strengthen and support the country’s economic and defensive security,” Amalia added.

One of the main points of discussion of the side event is a cooperation scheme which will be able to guarantee the achievement of independent goals in the long-term and invite new breakthroughs that can be conveyed by potential strategic partners. The Indonesian government considers policy synergy a very important aspect of accelerating the improvement of industrial independence and competitiveness, especially within the defense and aerospace industries.

“The results of this side event are hopefully the creation of policy recommendations for Indonesia’s aerospace industry as input for the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas’ in identifying opportunities to increase cooperation with global companies and industries. Doing so will help strengthen the national aerospace industry and accelerate the realization of the 2020-2045 Aerospace Industry Ecosystem Development Roadmap,” Amalia added.

The G20 Development Ministerial Meeting Side Event was also attended by Indonesian policymakers, as well as representatives of Indonesia’s aerospace industry, representatives of state-owned companies and private companies, various representatives of the manufacturing industry, as well as those from the Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) and Aviation industries.

“The Indonesian government prioritizes aerospace as one of the focuses in the 2022 Indonesia G20 Presidency, one of which is realized through a side-event that presents representatives of the main industries from G20 countries, where it is very important to understand how the aerospace industries of other countries are developing,” concluded Amalia.


About the Development Working Group

The Development Working Group (DWG) is one of the working groups of the 2022 G20 Indonesia Presidency which aims to discuss development issues in developing countries, least developed countries (LDC) and island countries (Small Island Developing States/SIDS). The DWG was first formed at the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada with the main task of discussing the G20 priority agendas in the field of development. The DWG identifies development challenges, and then formulates the best solutions to promote economic growth in developing and low-income countries as an effort to mitigate the global financial crisis.

During the Indonesian Presidency of the G20 in 2022, the DWG raised four priority issues, namely:
1) Strengthening Recovery from the Covid-19 Pandemic and Ensuring Resilience in Developing Countries, Underdeveloped Countries, and Archipelagic Countries through the three key pillars of MSMEs, Adaptive Social Protection, and Low-Carbon Green and Blue Economies
2) Increasing Private and Blended Financing in Funding Sustainable Development in Developing Countries, Underdeveloped Countries, and Archipelagic Countries
3) Renewing the Global Commitment to Multilateralism for Sustainable Development
4) Coordinating the progress of achieving the SDGs in the G20 and updating the G20 Development Commitments.

The DWG’s focal points, organized by the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas, are the 1st DWG Meeting in Jakarta (24-25 February) and the 2nd DWG Meeting in Yogyakarta (24-25 May). A third DWG meeting will be held in Bali between 10 August to 12 August 2022. The G20 Indonesia Presidency will also hold the G20 Development Ministerial Meeting in Belitung on 7-9 September 2022.