We have been facing the pandemic for almost 2 years now since early 2020 that we detected the first and second case of COVID-19. Corona virus will likely still affect Indonesia in 2022 especially with the new Omricon variant are already discovered.
In 2022, the Government will focus on tackling the pandemic issue with acceleration of vaccination, the booster vaccine for public, and also economic policy that will accelerate the economic growth in 2022.
More than the pandemic issue and economic growth, 2022 will also be filled with presidential candidate issues. As we are soon facing 2024, the no man’s land and free battlefield, so the registration and formal campaign will start in 2023. Therefore, in the second half of 2022, we will likely see a lot of political visits, candidacy forecasting, and set-up political stage.
Another major event that happening in 2022 is for the government to accelerate the tourism recovery. We have 2 distinguish events this year, first is MotoGP in Mandalika which also aim to recover and re-discover the tourism sector in Lombok Island.
Second is the presidency of G20 which will gather government and business actors from around the world, the G20 will not only help to recover tourism but also MICE sector. Especially in Bali, the island with the worst effect of the pandemic. Both events also become reasons in accelerating infrastructure development which become the main focus of the government.
G20 and MotoGP, both are big stages to showcase the government achievement to the citizens and also to global audiences. People who hold important position for both or one of the events can be affected with the increasing popularity and positive sentiment in the public, which will increase their political capital for the battle in 2024.
On the other hand, one of the most aimed seat will be left empty this year. The governor seat of Jakarta special region province. Anies as one of the strongest president candidate will lost his political stage to gather moment and political capital. Meanwhile, the interim caretaker will likely eyed by the public and political party if his/her work is considered to be satisfying.