The Governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil, invited a number of leading foreign chambers, which includes EuroCham, to a virtual roundtable meeting to talk about the COVID-19 handling strategy in West Java on dealing with the spread of COVID-19 and oxygen scarcity in West Java. This meeting, which was held on 27 July 2021, consisted of two parts namely, 1) a briefing on West Java’s situation by the Governor Ridwan Kamil, and 2) a call for foreign chambers and companies to support the provincial government’s efforts. Governor Ridwan Kamil confirmed that the current Implementation of Public Activity Restrictions (PPKM) has helped reduce the number of positive COVID-19 cases. However, Indonesia, especially West Java, still suffers from a lack of oxygen-related materials. This lack of oxygen prevents hinders the ability to meet not only hospital needs, but also the needs of light and middle cases to self-isolate or isolate in one of the 42 designated isolation centers in West Java.
In order to meet all the needs and to be prepared for an eventual future wave of the delta variant, the Governor of West Java appealed to foreign companies to support the West Java Province’s efforts, either by donating the funds, or to help directly provide oxygen tubes, or oxygen concentrators. Many companies with operations or presence in West Java, including European companies, attended the briefing. Companies who are willing to support with this effort were requested to reach out to the secretariat of the Regional Government of West Java Province either through Dr. Dino Patti Djalal or Ridwansyah Yusuf in order to further discuss the establishment of such support.
D’Insights Close-door Meeting with Prof. Wiku Adisasmito on the Government’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
On Thursday, 29 July 2021, members of EuroCham’s Executive Board together with the Head and the Deputy Head of the EuroCham Working Groups were invited by D’insights Katadata to attend an off-the-record and insights meeting with Prof. Wiku Adisasmito (Spokesperson for the Government’s National COVID-19 Task Force). Prof. Wiku shared his insights and responded to queries related to the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation in Indonesia throughout the 90-minute session, as well as revealed the background and basis whereby policies pertaining to activity restrictions were introduced to control the pandemic. The session also touched on the challenges and obstacles faced in handling the pandemic from an insider’s perspective. Prof. Wiku also openly answered all questions from participants and EuroCham member companies in attendance, on an off-the-record basis, and under Chatham House Rules.