G20 Finance and Health Ministries Continue to Collaborates on Pandemic and Future Health Emergencies Prevention, Preparedness

Jakarta, January 27, 2022 –

The Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Health of Indonesia hosted the 2nd G20 Joint Finance and Health Task Force (JFHTF) on January 26th, virtually after its first meeting on December 20th, 2021. Wempi Saputra, the Indonesian Assistant Minister of Finance for Macro Economy and International Finance, is acting as the Indonesian G20 co-chairs together with Ronaldus Mujur, Senior Advisor to the Indonesian Minister of Health for Governance. In hosting the meeting, Indonesia collaborates with Italy as the G20 JFHTF co-chairs. The meeting was attended by G20 members, invitees, and International Organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank (WB) International Monetary Fund (IMF), Multilateral Development Banks, the OECD, and other relevant International Organizations in the health sector.

As JFHTF co-chairs, Wempi Saputra began the meeting by setting out the report on the discussed Work Programme with all G20 members. Issues covered by the Work Programme comprise the enhancement of Finance and Health coordination, the establishment of the JHFTF secretariat, and the Global Health Financing Facility. Wempi invites G20 member countries to work together to make it happen. “Indonesia and Italy as the co-chairs of JFHTF, remain committed to ensuring the success of this Task Force.” Senior Advisor to the Indonesian Minister of Health for Governance, Ronaldus Mujur, acting also as the co-chairs of JFHTF, emphasizing that the works of the JFHTF are expected to be the concrete output of the G20 Indonesia Presidency. “JFHTF shows how we as G20 countries could perform our best colossal effort and to leave a legacy to the world,” said Ronaldus.

In this 2nd G20 Joint FHTF Meeting, G20 countries in general, convey their support and input on the proposed Work Program prepared by Indonesia and Italy as co-chairs, including the establishment of the Secretariat. G20 countries support the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator strengthen related to vaccination target monitoring, testing, nursing, and global Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). G20 countries also support the acceleration of global vaccination, fairly and fully distributed at an affordable price.

G20 supports the 70 percents global vaccination target by mid-2022. Accordingly, the G20 supports the partnership with governments and non-government bodies at the global and regional levels in addressing finance and trade barriers to ensure that vulnerable populations have access to these life-saving tools. The G20 countries underlined the important role of the Secretariat in supporting health and financial coordination to actualize the pandemic and other health emergencies prevention, preparedness, and response (PPR) in line with the International Health Regulations.

As a joint task force, the Finance and Health Ministries of the G20 Countries with WHO and World Bank will carry out further identification in order to increase cooperation in the health and financial fields. In the establishment of the financing facility agenda, G20 countries expressed their perspectives on the importance of global financing mobility in efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to pandemics within the International Health Regulations (2005) framework. The JFHTF will consider the strategic assessment of health and finance collaboration options. The results of the discussions will be presented at the Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting (FMCBG) on 17-18 February 2022, inviting the G20 Health Ministers to the meeting.***

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