Jokowi Urges G-20 Countries To Set Up Global Health Agency
The Straits Times|January 21, 2022
It could mobilise resources, provide funds and formulate standard protocols for travel
Arlina Arshad

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has called for “mutual agreement” among Group of 20 (G-20) countries to develop a new global health agency that should formulate standardised travel protocols.

Addressing the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Davos Agenda online conference yesterday, he said such an agency would be akin to the International Monetary Fund in the financial sector.

It would be tasked with mobilising global health resources and providing contingency funds for global health emergencies, as well as the purchase of vaccines and medical equipment. The agency would also formulate global health protocols to regulate international travel “so that we will have the same standard in every country”.

President Widodo, who is better known as Jokowi at home, said that Indonesia would strive to strengthen global health resilience as president of the G-20 for the first time this year.

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