G20 Youth Indonesia Receives Official Endorsement from Indonesian Sherpa

by Disty Winata

On January 4th, the G20 Youth Indonesia team had the privilege to meet with Mr. Mahendra Siregar, the Indonesian Vice Minister for Finance and Indonesian Sherpa for the G20. At the meeting, our team presented Indonesian youth participation at the G20 Youth Summit from 2010 to 2012, the interests, potentials and current engagement of young people in G20 affairs as well as how we recruit our delegations for these events. Mr. Siregar welcomed the idea of more active participation from youth in the G20 process. He was impressed with the recruitment process of the G20 Youth Indonesia. He also acknowledges the global nature of our efforts and applauded the IDEA network for having a platform for G20 youth organizations to work together around issues faced by the world’s 20 biggest economies.

G20 Youth Indonesia Team with Mr. Mahendra Siregar and staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Finance
Mr. Siregar also highlighted the importance of changing the public’s mindset to start acting like how an emerging nation should be. In the middle of many projections that Indonesia’s current resilient growth can potentially become the 7th largest economy by 2030, he believes that young people are especially crucial in making this happen, and he supports this by uplifting young people to become proactive in international diplomacy and endorses the works of G20 Youth Indonesia in search of brightest young minds to attend Y20, the G20 Leaders Summit’s official youth platform set to take place this Summer in Saint Petersburg.

After all, G20 Youth Indonesia is excited to collaborate with Indonesia’s G20 coordination team in preparing the delegates before departing to Russia and is currently planning to expand other activities both in Indonesia and abroad. Meanwhile, stay tuned as the final delegation for Y20 2013 will be announced very soon!


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