Join us virtually as we welcome Owen Jenkins CMG, His Majesty's Ambassador to Indonesia & Timor-Leste on Monday 19th June from 09:00-10:00 BST.
The largest economy in Southeast Asia, Indonesia – a diverse archipelago nation of more than 300 ethnic groups – has charted impressive economic growth since overcoming the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s.
Today, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous nation and 10th largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity. Indonesia assumed the G20 Presidency this year, encouraging all countries to work together to achieve a stronger and more sustainable recovery from the pandemic’s impacts.
As Indonesia’s economy is now recovering, the country’s GDP growth is projected at 5.1 percent in 2022, supported by growing commodity exports and accommodative fiscal policy to weather the pandemic. Nevertheless, more challenging global conditions and COVID-19 scarring effects could derail the recovery.
In Indonesia, climate change is likely to impact water availability, health and nutrition, disaster risk management, and urban development – particularly in coastal zones, with implications to poverty and inequality
Owen Jenkins CMG is the British Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste. He took up his post in July 2019.
Before his appointment as Ambassador, Owen was the British Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, responsible for engaging at the highest levels in the region and internationally on issues such as the Afghan peace process, cooperation on counter-terrorism and bilateral relations. He was also the Director at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) responsible for South Asia and Afghanistan, covering Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan. This involved overseeing all of the UK’s diplomatic engagement in the region, including responsibility for over 3000 staff and an operational budget of £120M+.
A career diplomat, Owen joined the FCDO in 1991. He has served in British missions in Turkey, Argentina, Brussels (at the UK’s representation to the EU) and India, where he was based at the UK government’s development arm, DFID