G20 Sherpa committed to address global solutions

The third G20 Sherpa meeting in Yogyakarta has concluded with G20 member countries agreeing to seek solutions to myriad global problems.

The 3rd Sherpa Meeting G20 Indonesia delegations travel around Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia, Tuesday (29/9). (ANTARA PHOTO/Andreas Fitri Atmoko/POOL/rwa/FR)

“During this meeting, we can see the collective commitment of G20 countries to remain united by offering solutions to global problems that occur recently,” Co-Sherpa Edi Prio Pambudi noted through a statement, Thursday (Sept 29).

Problems, such as the energy crisis, food scarcity, rising food prices, inflation, and continuity of COVID-19 recovery, are issues that are not only encountered by G20 countries but also developing and vulnerable countries.

Discussion on Leaders’ Declaration began from materials that are relatively easy to accept by all countries followed by a bilateral meeting with several key countries, so that an agreement can be achieved.

A technical discussion on Leaders’ Declaration will be conducted in October 2022 before it is finalized during the fourth Sherpa meeting in Bali in November 2022, near the execution of the G20 Summit held in the same month and place.

The declaration draft that contains three priority issues during Indonesia’s G20 Presidency comprises global health architecture, digital-based economic transformation, and energy transition as well as food security.

This draft comes from 39 parties, comprising G20 member countries, nine invited countries, and 10 invited international organizations, that will attend the G20 Summit Conference in Bali, November.

The meeting also endorsed concrete deliverables, such as programs or initiatives. This aligns with President Joko Widodo’s mandate that Indonesia’s G20 Presidency should produce real benefits for Indonesians.

“It is true that the concrete results will have their follow-up programmed,” secretary of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Susiwijono, said at an online press conference, which was followed from here on Tuesday (Sept 27).

The programs arising out of this year’s G20 Summit will be reviewed together at next year’s meeting.

“There is an annual forum so that we can review several agreements that have been conducted together,” he said.

This year, in the midst of various global crises, Indonesia was able to contribute fairly, leading many to praise it, he added.

The G20 Sherpa Track discusses global challenges and various economic (non-financial) issues to find solutions and provide recommendations on the G20 agenda and priority issues, such as energy, development, tourism, digital economy, education, labor, agriculture, trade, investment, industry, health, anti-corruption, environment and climate change.

The role of Sherpa Track is very vital, especially in coordinating all Working Groups and Engagement Groups under its coordination.

Indonesia’s G20 presidency in 2022 provides an opportunity for Indonesia to lead developed and developing countries in discussing various issues and the process of global economic recovery.

Underscoring Indonesia’s important role as president of this year’s G20, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said that the world was pinning hopes on G20 being a catalyst of global economic recovery, especially for developing countries.

“The G20 must not fail to be a catalyst for world recovery. We cannot let global recovery fall at the mercy of geopolitics,” she stated, while delivering a speech at the general debate of the 77th United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (Sept 27).

She proposed the paradigm of collaboration to surmount numerous global challenges.

“A paradigm of win-win, not of zero-sum. A paradigm of engagement, not of containment. A paradigm of collaboration, not of competition. This is the transformative solution that we need,” Marsudi noted.

According to Marsudi, such a collaboration paradigm is deemed necessary to facing the current concerning world conditions wherein the pandemic persists and the global economy remains sluggish, war among nations, and violation of international law that has become a norm in pursuit of narrow self-interests.

Written by: Sanya Dinda S, Fadhli Ruhman, Editor: Fardah Assegaf (c) ANTARA 2022

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Government is committed towards achieving universalization of social security: Shri Bhupender Yadav

A Tripartite National Dialogue on Global Call to Action for a human-centered recovery from COVID-19 crisis in the context of India was organized by International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with Ministry of Labour& Employment on 10th of Dec., 2021.

The objective of the tripartite conference was to discuss the four priority areas of the Global Call to Action a) Inclusive economic growth and employment; b) Protection of all workers; c) Universal social protection; d) Social Dialogue; in the context of India.  The conference was envisaged to foster convergence and tripartite action contributing to the implementation of the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work and Sustainable Development Goals in India. 

In his keynote address on the occasion, Shri Bhupender Yadav, Union Minister for Labour and Employment emphasized on the importance of tripartite social dialogue and futuristic approach for Policy making and implementation in the country.He highlighted the need for capacity building, skill development, occupational safety of the workers and transition towards green jobs and green economy for inclusive, resilient and sustainable development of the country.

Shri Yadav stated that the Government is committed towards achieving universalization of social security and a very significant step taken in this direction is the launch of e-Shram portal to capture the data of unorganized sector workers for evidence –based policy making and for providing social security to the unorganised sector workers.

The Minister further Hon’ble informed that the Labour Bureau of Ministry is undertaking all-India surveys on migrant workers, domestic workers, transport sector workers, which will help in developing policies for the welfare of the workers. The importance of collective efforts of Government and social partners and constructive tripartite social dialogue to build back better was also highlighted.

Two panel discussions were also organized. The first panel discussion on ‘Universal social protection and protection of all workers’ was chaired by Sh. Sunil Barthwal, Secretary, MoLE, in which Ms. Vinita Singhal, Principal Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra, Prof.Pravin Kumar Sinha, Senior Expert, Mr. Arun Chawla, Director General, FICCI & Executive Director, AIOE (Employers’ representative) and Ms. Manali Shah, National Secretary, SEWA (Workers’ representative) participated as panelists.



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Committed to Expanding NRE, Pertamina Prepares US$8.3 Billion Capex

PT Pertamina (Persero) increases its contribution to Indonesia’s energy mix by encouraging the growth of new and renewable energy (NRE). The commitment is shown in the company’s total capital expenditure of USD 92 billion for 2020-2024, of which 9 percent, or USD 8.3 billion will be allocated for NRE.

Iman Rachman, Director of Strategy, Portfolio, and Business Development of Pertamina, during a talk show on the sidelines of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday (3/11).

“For energy mix, our NRE program from 2019 of 13 percent will increase to 17 percent in 2030,” said Iman Rachman, Director of Strategy, Portfolio and Business Development at Pertamina, during a talk show on the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland.

Iman added, to expand the NRE portfolio, Pertamina has developed eight strategic initiatives. It includes optimizing the potential and increasing geothermal energy capacity, utilizing green hydrogen, which will use electricity from the company’s geothermal field with a total potential of 8,600 kilograms of hydrogen per day.

Pertamina is also participating in a joint venture with Indonesia’s battery company with three other SOEs. The company will develop an EV battery ecosystem, including swapping and charging businesses.

In addition, Pertamina is also building a Green Refinery and developing Bioenergy, which consists of biomass/biogas, bio-blending gasoil, and gasoline, as well as producing bio-crude oil from algae and ethanol. The entire project will be ready for operation from 2025/2026.

“As an oil and gas company, we are trying to reduce the existing carbon footprint by implementing carbon capture, carbon utilization, and storage while increasing production in several existing oil and gas fields,” he said.

Pertamina also carries out other NRE initiatives, such as increasing generating capacity by utilizing PV solar, wind, and water power.

According to Iman, one of Pertamina’s most effective ways to increase its role in the growth of NRE in the energy mix is to collaborate with various parties globally with binding targets and clear transition plans.

“Pertamina is strongly committed to implementing COP26 agreement following the Energy transition carried out by the company,” he concluded.

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Centre committed to bolster the ecosystem of patents, design, trademarks, GI systems- Shri Piyush Goyal

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Centre committed to bolster the ecosystem of patents, design, trademarks, GI systems- Shri Piyush Goyal

Government focused on encouraging innovation, research & development in the country and bring newer inventions & knowledge from India’s heritage systems to global platform- Shri Goyal

Union Minister Shri Piyush Goyal holds review meeting at Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks in Mumbai

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31 JUL 2021 8:14PM by PIB Mumbai

Mumbai, 31st July 2021

Union Minister Shri Piyush Goyal held a review meeting at the Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks in Mumbai today. The Minister took review of the various initiatives undertaken by the Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks. The Union Minister reiterated Government’s commitment to bolster the ecosystem of patents, design, trademarks, GI systems; to encourage innovation, research & development in the country and bring newer inventions & knowledge from India’s heritage systems to global platform. With this vision the efforts are being made since 2014 to make India as Global Innovation hub, he added. 

Union Minister while speaking about the CGPDT’s speedy disposal of applications informed that, “The pendency in the IPR department has come down drastically. It has also been decided that any pending application should be completed within days and not months.”

Shri Goyal also mentioned about the reduction in fee allowed by the department in order to help and support startups and women entrepreneurs in the country. “Filing fees for Startups, MSMEs, Female individual has been given a provision of 80% discount to help the youth of the country. Also, most of the process are made online for their convenience. Earlier people from far off places had to spend money from their pockets to reach the office in person which has now been made easier. This ensures hassle free administration,” he said. He also appreciated the officers in achieving this task.

“All these steps will encourage research, innovation, development and scientific thinking in the country,” he added.

Shri Goyal also made a few suggestions to make the whole process more user friendly.  He made suggestion to make a plan to increase awareness of GI and also to consider instituting scholarships for students studying the IP law as well as engage faculty from renowned institutions on a part time basis to help with examination.

Officials of CGPDT briefed how the IP process has been simplified and streamlined than before and also about the re-engineering of the whole process. Given below are a few common features of the amended Patent & Trademark Rules:

  • Timelines are imposed for speedy disposal – number of adjournments has been limited in hearings.
  • Special provisions made for Start-ups & MSMEs
  • E-filing encouraged through 10% rebate in fees
  • Hearing being done through video-conferencing facility
  • E-mail as mode of service
  • Procedural inconsistencies and unnecessary blocks in speeding up disposal removed by amendments.

CBDTM further elaborated on the various steps taken to ensure ease of access, and transparency as well as prompt dissemination of information regarding IPRs. The steps include login-free online data availability for all IPRs in IPO website, real-time basis status of IP applications, Indian Patent Advanced Search System (InPASS),Weekly publication of online journals for all IP applications, launch of Mobile Application for IPR, SMS Alert to help applicants on updates regarding deadlines in r/o office actions etc.

Timelines for Expedited Examination: 

It was also mentioned that special care is being given to expedite examination of patents filed especially for applications filed by Startups, Female individual, Small entity and applications pursuant to bilateral agreement with foreign Patent Offices etc.

Timeline details as mentioned below:

  • Examiner to give Examination Report to controller within 1 month, but not exceeding 2 months from date of reference by the Controller.
  • Response to FER within 6 months (with extension of 3 months)
  • Controller to dispose of the application within 3 months of the receipt of response from Applicant

India has been progressively going up in Global Innovation Index (rank from 81 in 2015 to 48 in 2020). While assessing impact of measures taken, it was noted that – 96% of the patents are done through e-filing. E-filing has increased from 30 % to more than 95 %. Examination of the same has gone up by 223% in 2020-21 when compared to 2014-15. Domestic Filing accounts of 42% of the total patents and the percentage of domestic filing in comparison to the total filing has risen from 9911 in 2012-13 to 24303 in 2020-21.

Joint Secretary, DPIIT (CGPDTM) Rajendra Ratnoo, Director, Ms. Poonam Singh, Deputy Controller of Patent and Design, Dinesh Patil, Deputy Secretary, Kalyan Revella, Deputy Controller of Patent and Design, Amerandra Samal, Joint Registrar of Trade Marks, Satyendra Pandey and Deputy Registrar of TM & GI S.D. Ojha were also present.

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