AmCham Indonesia held a virtual discussion with the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno on Feb 22. Sandiaga, the former Jakarta Lt. Governor and Gerindra Vice Presidential candidate, is a good friend of many AmCham members and has met with the chamber on several occasions over the years.
The session opened with updates on the tourism industry in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has undoubtedly dealt a devastating blow to the industry, he said, but he expects it to steadily revive. To this end, he spoke of a number of strategies, such as introducing travel corridors with other countries and granting social aid to help small players survive.
Although the Ministry is battling to revive tourism, it is also focusing on supporting government efforts to reduce the surging number of COVID-19 cases. Sandiaga said he has been working very closely with the Ministry of Health, the COVID-19 National Task Force, and other agencies in promoting compliance with health protocols. The tourism industry has contributed by providing accommodation and quarantine centers for health workers and COVID-19 patients.
The discussion continued with a question and answer session on a number of other issues such as plastic waste, AmCham’s desire to see stronger remediation efforts directed against the pandemic, and so forth.