Speaker Maharani Calls for International Solidarity to Contain COVID-19 Pandemic
House Speaker Dr. (H.C.) Puan Maharani on Tuesday (21/4/2020) called on members of parliaments across the globe to contain the coronavirus pandemic by giving humanitarian responses and showing international solidarity. She made the statement in her opening speech at the International Cooperation to Defeat COVID-19, a virtual panel discussion held by the Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation of the Indonesian House of Representatives.
“As people’s representatives, we have been driven by our shared motivation to help our people by providing them with real solutions to contain the COVID-19 and its economic impacts," said Maharani in a video conference.
Among the key speakers at the conference, which was joined by all global parliamentarian members of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, were Chair of the Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation of the Indonesian House (BKSAP) Fadli Zon, WHO Representative for Indonesia Navaratnasamy Paranietharan, Malaysian House of Representatives Spokesperson Dato' Muhamad Rashid Hasnon, and Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly of Vietnam Nguyen Van Giau. Deputy Chair of BKSAP Charles Honoris acted as the discussion moderator.
Participants had the chance to learn from Kim Jin Pyo, Chair of the Coronavirus Special Committee of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, on how the country took measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic. In the virtual meeting, Director General of Multilateral Cooperation of the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry Febrian Alphyanto Ruddyard, and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific Armida Alisjahbana also shared their views regarding the matters.
For her part, Speaker Maharani said that a call for humanitarian response to fight against COVID-19 could be started by implementing the spirit of a family of nations, as advocated by the former Indonesian President Soekarno 75 years ago.
“The world is now imposing physical distancing orders, but hopefully there will be no nation distancing where nations keep their distance from each other. What we need now is unity among nations to combat our common enemy, COVID-19,” said the granddaughter of the Indonesian Proclaimer of Independence, Soekarno.
She also stressed the statement in her opening address at the Inauguration of Indonesian House Parliamentary Friendship Groups with friendly countries in Jakarta, last February, saying that COVID-19 was not only the problem of one or two nations but a globally-shared problem requiring solutions from global community cooperation.
“And today we learned that more than 200 countries are fighting against the coronavirus pandemic. They are all dealing with the shared challenge of ensuring public safety and health, while addressing the repercussions on economic, social, and public welfare aspects,” she said.
For that reason, she hoped that the BKSAP virtual discussion could be one of the driving forces behind the global cooperation, including interparliamentary cooperation, in curbing the spread of COVID-19. “Let’s share the information, data, experience, and best practices to find a real solution to save people from the coronavirus pandemic,” said the House speaker concluding her remarks. (alw/es)