PONTIANAK – The Minister of Economy, Airlangga Hartarto when chairing the 25th BIMP-EAGA Ministerial Meeting (PTM) 2022 Retreat that was held in Pontianak City, West Kalimantan Province, Friday (25/11) stated the optimization of the potential of BIMP-EAGA, especially to utilize comparative advantages over natural resource wealth (SDA), was an important key to accelerating achievements according to the 2025 Vision.

"I am delighted that we can finally meet in person to discuss important issues that will advance the BIMP-EAGA collaboration," said the Minister of Economy, Airlangga.

Two main agendas were discussed at the Ministerial Retreat, namely accelerating BIMP-EAGA cooperation including the preparation of the Post-2025 Vision and strengthening the Secretariat of the BIMP-EAGA Facilitation Center (FC).

In this regard, the Minister of Economy, Airlangga, conveyed the three important points. First, redouble efforts to plan and implement concrete projects. The steps that can be implemented include converging and bottom-up project formulation, project collaboration to strengthen regional supply chains, and reskilling and upskilling efforts from businessmen.

The second point is revitalizing connectivity through reopening or creating new routes to support trade and tourism. "Rebuilding the tourism sector is a priority, developing to be resilient and sustainable," explained the Minister of Economy, Airlangga.

Moreover, the third point is learning from the G20 about accelerating transition and energy security in the sub-region, including developing potential business models for the future.