Jakarta, BRIN Public Relations. Head of the Political Research Center of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Athiqah Nur Alami, stated that the election of Indonesia as the G20 presidency in 2022 provides a great opportunity to raise the issues of women’s empowerment, strengthening of SMEs and utilization of digital economy in the G20 agenda. “At the international level, the importance of empowering women in the SME sector will become the concern of state leaders at the G20 forum,” said Athiqah, in Jakarta, Monday (17/01).

According to Athiqah, this is a golden momentum for Indonesia’s foreign policy to promote diplomacy and the influence of Indonesia’s political economy at the global level in order to achieve national interests. “Thus, the Indonesian Presidency at the G20 will carve a recognized track record in supporting global economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Athiqah.

For this reason, Athiqah expressed the need for various strategies applied by Indonesia, so that we can not only achieve Indonesia’s interests related to empowering women entrepreneurs in the digital economy era, but are also able to boost Indonesia’s reputation and role in the eyes of the international community.

BRIN Political Research Center Researcher, Emilia Yustiningrum, shared the opinion saying that Indonesia’s position as the G20 Presidency requires cooperation to support global economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, one of which through empowering women players of SME in the digital economy era.

There are several things that Indonesia can do through the G20 Presidency. On this occasion, BRIN has prepared a Policy Brief as part of research contribution. “We hope that this Policy Brief will be able to support Indonesia’s position as the G20 Presidency in efforts to recover the global health and economy in the post- COVID-19 pandemic,” said Emilia.

BRIN’s recommendations are compiled into 7 proposed options, namely: first, strengthen and empower women and SMEs. Second, encourage policies to facilitate and build a conducive environment for women entrepreneurs. Third, formulate a friendly financial service model for women entrepreneurs.

Then, fourth, collaborate and involve the private sector and community organizations in formulating policies and programs for women’s empowerment. Fifth, encourage use of digital banking services by women entrepreneurs. Sixth, increase women’s digital literacy. The seventh recommendation is to design a global strategy to accelerate and support digital infrastructure and inclusion for women entrepreneurs. “This needs to be done to prepare workers and women entrepreneurs to participate in economic activities amidst digital developments,” concluded Emilia. ( suhe /ed:mtr )