Can Indonesia and India get the G-20 to walk the talk?

November 29, 2021

Two major Asian countries – Indonesia and India – will soon have a rare back-to-back opportunity to exercise global leadership and focus attention on the pressing needs of the developing world.

Indonesia, which assumes the Group of 20 (G-20) presidency on Wednesday, has named global health, energy transition and digital transformation as its three priorities. India takes over the helm in 2023.

Both countries will be in a position to reframe the global discourse on development and multilateral trade at a time when resources are squeezed by the pandemic and climate change-related pressures. There is also a need to reboot flagging South-South cooperation.