The weather in Bali was sufficient to support the holding of the G20 meeting which was centered at the Apurva Kempinski, Nusa Dua. Although less brilliant, the sea south of Bali is relatively friendly.
From the beginning, President Joko Widodo demanded that the lunch of the leaders of countries and world organizations take place looking at the beauty of the sea. The lunch this time seemed like a refreshing tension, which was certainly to culminate when the delegates expressed in a closed forum, Tuesday (11/15) morning.
The country’s leaders also took off their jackets, as the beach air was relatively warm.
“Mr. President suggested leaving the jacket on because it’s sunny enough and to make it more comfortable, while heading to the bedroom to lunchsome lreaders took off his jacket, took off his tie,” said Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, who took part in the banquet.
However, Sandi would not explain the menu of foods that were eaten. “Variety, but lots of choices of vegetables from Indonesia,” he said.
From the Temple Ballroom, where the first session of the G20 summit was held, Jokowi moved to the lunch venue using a golf cart. At the wheel, Jokowi invited Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Secretary General Mathias Cormann and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva with him.
Arriving at the scene, the President was seen chatting with other leaders including Prime Minister (PM) of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, President of the United Arab Emirates (PEA) Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“Welcome to the lunch session,” the president told the audience.
None of the country’s leaders spoke at the luncheon. It looks like Indonesia wants to provide a neutral and politically free scene so as not to detract from the lunchtime enjoyment. The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the President of the International Football Federation (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, had full say.
IOC President Thomas Bach appreciated the theme of the G20 summit. “I thank President Joko Widodo for choosing the theme of the summit”recover together, recover stronger’ which is perfectly summed up by our new Olympic motto ‘Faster, higher, stronger together’,” Bach said.
Bach stressed that G20 leaders should give the IOC the opportunity to contribute to peace and mutual understanding through sport.
“Support sports autonomy, as you support so many UN resolutions and declarations. There aren’t many opportunities where all of humanity can put aside their differences and unite in peace,” he said.
After that, FIFA President Gianni Infantino took the floor and asked world leaders to consider a ceasefire option. If necessary, it will be a temporary step, like the beginning of peace for a month of the World Cup.
The World Cup itself will take place in Qatar from late November to mid-December.
“You are a world leader. You have the ability to influence the heart of the story,” Gianni said.
Gianni invited the leaders of the G20 to seize the opportunity of this meeting to try to put an end to the conflicts which afflict the world.
“Football and the World Cup are all frameworks, you and the world are a unique platform for unity and world peace,” he said.
Unique dining venue
The venue for this lunch is at the Bamboo Dome, Apurva Kempinski. The building is entirely made of bamboo and was specially built for this special lunch. This dining room has a total area of approximately 800 square meters with 43 chairs. A large circular table filled the room, so that the delegation could taste Indonesian specialties together.
The construction of the Bamboo Dome began with a request from the president who wanted to enjoy lunch with a view of the sea. Consultant visual Creative G20 summit Elwin Mok said the banquet would initially be held in a tent. However, because it was located on the beach with strong winds, the plan was canceled.
During a discussion between the creative team and the coordinator of the G20 Assistance and Partnership Team, Wishnutama and the Secretary of State, the idea emerged to present a stone and brick building. However, this option is not possible, because the location must return to normal after the G20 event. “We had to come up with something unique that was dedicated only to the G20,” Elwin said.
On a trip to Melasti Beach in southern Bali, Elwin and his team saw a number of workers constructing bamboo constructions. From this incident, bamboo became the primary choice of construction material for the lunch venue.
The design of the bamboo dome is adapted to Balinese life, and was designed by designer Rubi Roesli. Elwin and Rubi then chatted with UGM bamboo expert Ashar Saputra until they found the right shape, namely a semi-circular dome or dome. [ns/ab]
“Typical zombieaholic. General twitter fanatic. Food fanatic. Gamer. Unapologetic analyst.”