TIIWG forum first in G20 history: minister

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Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said the G20 Trade, Investment, and Industry Working Group (TIIWG) meeting in Solo, Central Java, was the first in the history of the G20.

He delivered the statement while attending the TIIWG G20 Meeting on Thursday.

He was accompanied by Surakarta Mayor Gibran Rakabuming Raka. Forty-one delegates from G20 member countries as well as representatives from international organizations, such as the WTO (World Trade Organization) and UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), attended the 2022 TIIWG meeting.

As part of the meeting, Minister Kartasasmita and Mayor Raka visited dozens of booths at Alila Hotel in Solo, which were showcasing furniture from various parts of Central Java, and were specifically arranged for G20 delegates.

The minister said that the industry working group was the first in the history of the G20, as the G20 has never previously had a specific agenda pertaining to the industry.

He said he expected the success of the event to be replicated by countries holding the G20 Presidency after Indonesia.

Industrial issues will continue to form a part of a special discussion on the sidelines of the G20 implementation, he added.

“I and the Mayor of Surakarta, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, visited a furniture exhibition, in which what we really want to (remind) that this is not a public exhibition, but it is intended to be attended, and seen by G20 participants only,” he added.

He also said that they wished to inform the world that the furniture industry in Indonesia is already sustainable, as there are no industries that use illegal materials to make furniture. Everything can be accounted for, he affirmed.

Surakarta Mayor Raka said the TIIWG G20 forum activities in Solo, Central Java, went well. G20 delegates from various countries took a tour of Solo city afterward.

The mayor said that the tour is expected to increase tourism and boost the MSME (micro, small, and medium enterprise) sector. Although it was organized in a limited way, it will be enough to raise MSMEs’ potential because the products are of high quality, apart from the tour serving as a way to introduce arts and culture to G20 participants.

The G20 delegates headed to the station by taking the Jaladara steam train to the Loji Gandrung Surakarta Mayor’s Office, where they were welcomed by the Mayor and Minister Kartasasmita. The G20 delegates then saw the MSME booth and took a group photo.

The delegates then visited Danarhadi Batik Museum on Slamet Riyadi Street Solo. After that, they headed to Mangkunegaran Temple, which is a historical building that has become one of the tourism icons of Solo city, for dinner. (

Source: Antara News