Ahead of the first Group of 20 Summit to be hosted virtually on Thursday evening, Indonesia called on member countries to create better access to drugs and medical equipment while also protecting vulnerable groups from a possible pandemic-induced global recession.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is still expected to attend the teleconference, hosted remotely by G20 chairman Saudi Arabia and led by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, although he is still grieving over the passing of his mother on Wednesday. Leaders from the United States, Russia, China and France are also expected to take part in the remote crisis talks.The President is to be accompanied by Finance Minister Sri Mulyani and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, according to the Office of the Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister. Another point Indonesia was prioritizing for the G20 statement was to support and ensure the safety of medical personnel in accordance with World Health Organization standards, urging ease of access to medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE).Indonesia, among many other countries around the world, has been overwhelmed by a lack of PPE, underscored by President Jokowi’s statement that 180 countries were fending off one another to get the equipment.Rizal said the government also raised the issue of affordability and availability of vaccines and other medical supplies.“In this case, Indonesia requests that each G20 country will be able to [better] facilitate trade and mobility of drugs and other medical needs, including through the relaxation of export-import procedures,” he said.The global Doctors Without Borders (MSF) previously urged for supplies to be shared across borders according to where the needs were the greatest.“This needs to start with states in Europe sharing their supplies with Italy. It will soon need to extend to other regions that will be hit by this pandemic and whose ability to cope is already compromised,” MSF analysis department director Jonathan Whittall said in a statement on Thursday.Indonesia pointed out, however, that all forms of global financial contributions must still refer to national conditions and priorities. “This is in view of differences in domestic needs and priorities of each affected country to mobilize all available resources,” Rizal said.Leaders of the G20 countries are also being called on to commit to creating stronger cooperation to prevent a deeper global economic recession as a result of a prolonged pandemic.The death toll from the virus, which emerged in China late last year, rose past 21,000, with the number of infections globally closing in on half a million, according to official tallies. An estimated 3 million people have also been forced into lockdown.Indonesia has supported a proposal from Saudi Arabia to include a social safety net as one of the efforts to protect the poor in the face of COVID-19, especially among developing countries. It also approved Japan’s proposal to include a paragraph in which G20 leaders support the Japanese government’s announcement to delay the 2020 Olympics as a result of the outbreak.Topics : Acting as Indonesia’s G20 sherpa, the deputy chief for international economic cooperation at the Office of the Coordinating Minister, Rizal Affandi Lukman, attended on Wednesday an online teleconference for drafters of a G20 leaders’ statement on COVID-19.Rizal said that the leaders’ statement must recommend concrete and actionable steps for handling COVID-19, stressing that any statement would only be beneficial if each G20 member country was committed to working together to contain the pandemic.“On this occasion, Indonesia delivered a number of main points that were recommended to be part of the leaders’ statement. First, increasing social protection for vulnerable groups including the elderly, micro, small and medium enterprises and low-wage workers,” Rizal said in a statement received on Thursday.According to the Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry, Indonesia’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for 99.9 percent of total businesses, employ up to 97 percent of the total workforce and contribute more than 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
Advertisement Jose Mourinho’s entourage urge him to choose Arsenal over Real Madrid Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Nov 2019 2:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Mourinho is ready to return to management (Picture: Getty)Mourinho, for his part, feels he has unfinished business in England following the manner of his departure from Old Trafford and is open to taking charge at Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, the 56-year-old will not rush into any decision and has long felt a return to Real Madrid was on the cards.Mourinho retains a strong relationship with president Florentino Perez and the pressure on Zinedine Zidane’s position is growing after a difficult start to the season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalBut according to the Times, Mourinho’s entourage believe Arsenal would represent the better choice should the Special One be faced with a direct decision between the two teams.The expectations at the club are not as high as they are in Madrid, while Mourinho would also be faced with winning round supporters that turned against him during his first stint in the Spanish capital between 2010 and 2013.There’s also a belief that Mourinho could eek out more from this Arsenal side than Emery currently is. The Portuguese was full of praise for the Gunners’ front three of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe earlier this season during a punditry stint with SkySports. Jose Mourinho has been advised to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Those closest to Jose Mourinho have encouraged the Portuguese coach to opt for Arsenal instead of Real Madrid as he eyes a route back into management.Reports this weekend claim Mourinho held talks with the Arsenal heirachy over the possibility of replacing Unai Emery at the Emirates.Raul Sanllehi is said to have dined with Mourinho last week to ascertain his thoughts on Arsenal’s squad and what his plans would be for the Gunners.Mourinho’s previous relationship with Mesut Ozil and his public praise of record signing Nicolas Pepe are both said to be pivotal elements of the Gunners’ desire to hire the former Manchester United coach, while they also want a manager with a better grasp of English than Emery.ADVERTISEMENT Mourinho has praised Arsenal’s front three (Picture: Getty)‘I think they are very good players and normally they should be on the pitch all three together,’ said Mourinho.‘I think Aubameyang probably he likes to play in the middle because he feels if he’s in the middle he can score more goals. But maybe he can score as many goals playing on the left. What happens at Liverpool is [Roberto] Firmino drops back, drops in between the lines, and then he gives more space for [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane to attack these diagonals. I would see Aubameyang playing on that left side of Liverpool and scoring a lot of goals.‘At Arsenal, Lacazette doesn’t have that quality, but they have two options. One is to play, instead of like today with three midfield players almost in a straight line, to play how they played in the last 10 or 20 minutes with two [sitting midfielders] and one No.10 that can feed the three without bringing Lacazette in between the lines’.MORE: Paul Pogba reacts to Manchester United’s defeat to Bournemouth Advertisement Comment