Jakarta, February 10th, 2022
The Global Health Security Consortium (GHSC) launches a partnership to support B20 Indonesia’s ambitious global health and life sciences advocacy agenda. The GHSC brings together the political, scientific, and medical expertise of three world-leading organizations: the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine, and scientists from the University of Oxford.
The Business 20 (B20) is the official G20 dialogue forum with the global business community. This year, Indonesia takes over the G20 Presidency as the first Southeast Asian country to host the G20 Leaders’ summit, under the theme “Recover Together, Recover Stronger”. The Covid-19 pandemic underlines the need for international partnership and cooperation to address the global health security challenges of present and future as well as the need for concerted efforts to stimulate global recovery. Covid-19 has erased over USD 10trn from the world economy and exacerbated inequalities between wealthier and poorer countries.
The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair joins the B20 Indonesia’s International Advisory Caucus and under his leadership, the GHSC will help shaping policy recommendations focusing on global public health in support of economic recovery and future pandemic preparedness.
This GHSC/B20 partnership is enabled through strategic support from the Bakrie Center Foundation and executed in collaboration with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KADIN) and Equatorise.
At the B20 Inception Meeting, The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and former Prime Minister of the UK (1997-2007), said:
“I’m delighted Indonesia has the presidency of the G20 this year and I believe there couldn’t be a better country to lead the world in 2022. The Global Health Security Consortium will support Indonesia to forge a Global Health Alliance, including enabling the B20 to convene industry, as well as the best minds, to turn November’s Bali declaration from theory into practice. It will be led by Government working with the WHO and other international bodies like CEPI and GAVI. But the Indonesia B20 – which as I know – is determined to play a much more active role, can be big catalyst because transformation requires the private and public sector to work in tandem.”
Dr David Agus, Founding Director of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine and Senior Advisor on Covid-19 at the White House, said:
“The world needs sustainable solutions to build global health security. GHSC’s partnership with the B20 will help steer life sciences investments and policy to ensure we never have another global pandemic of this scale again.”
Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine of the University of Oxford, said:
“Working together on these ideas with the B20, KADIN and BCF leadership we can emerge from this pandemic with a positive legacy for the world. One that not only improves the health of every adult on the planet but also puts in place resilient infrastructure for life sciences in emerging economies to protect us again future pandemics. Indonesia is well placed to lead this legacy.”
Shinta Kamdani, Chair of B20 Indonesia; Coordinating Vice Chair on Maritime, Investment & International Affairs; CEO of Sintesa Group, said:
“International Advocacy Caucus (IAC) under B20 Indonesia Presidency in 2022 will drive three priorities on global health, green transition and inclusive growth. I am delighted to welcome Sir Tony Blair to be a member of the B20 Indonesia IAC. Under his leadership, the Global Health Security Consortium will be a strong partner for B20 Indonesia as we prepare concrete policy recommendations to the Indonesian G20 Presidency that will improve the global health architecture and advance inclusive, innovative, and collaborative growth. I am also hopeful that this partnership will enable Indonesia to demonstrate its leadership to global business community by forging a path towards better international cooperation in global health and leverage the post-Covid opportunities to become a hub for investments and research in life sciences.”
Anindya Bakrie, Chairman and Founder of Bakrie Centre Foundation; Chairman of Supervisory Board at KADIN, said:
“The Bakrie Center Foundation is pleased to support the partnership between GHSC and B20 Indonesia to shape policy recommendations to improve the global health architecture, which is an important factor for an inclusive and collaborative recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The support of the BCF for this partnership is part of the commitment of Bakrie Group, on the occasion of its 80th anniversary for the group, to embark on a new chapter focusing on 3Cs – Climate, Covid-19 and Capital trends. BCF will support a positive global health and life science legacy in Indonesia. As stated by President Jokowi during B20 Indonesia Inception, the Covid-19 pandemic is a challenge but also an opportunity, to make the global health architecture more responsive to face the pandemic; this is the focus of the BCF, GHSC and B20 Indonesia.”
Arsjad Rasjid, Executive Chairman at Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), said:
“As Executive Chairman of KADIN, I welcome the announcement of the partnership between the Global Health Security Consortium and B20 Indonesia to advance the global health agenda, which aligns with one of the President of Indonesia's G20 2022 priorities, namely the development of global health infrastructure. This partnership is built at the back of the annual mission of new KADIN leadership to the UK between 27 October – 2 November 2021 where we engaged Tony Blair Institute on B20. One of key KADIN’s priorities is to contribute to restoring public health and improving national health infrastructure, and I am confident that the GHSC, through its world-class expertise, can assist B20 Indonesia and KADIN in achieving that vision for the people of Indonesia.”
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