President Jokowi Holds Bilateral Meeting with Chancellor Olaf Scholz
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was welcomed by the Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz in the Lower Saxony Guesthouse, Hannover, Germany, on Sunday (04/16).
President Jokowi arrived at 07.30 p.m. local time or 00.30 a.m. Western Indonesian Time (WIB) on Monday (04/17). The President was greeted by Chancellor of German Olaf Scholz and Minister President of Lower Saxony Stephan Weil.
Afterward, the President with the Chancellor of Germany and Minister President of Lower Saxony entered the Lower Saxony Guesthouse and had a photo session before heading to the first floor to have a bilateral meeting.
After the bilateral meeting, Chancellor Scholz also accompanied President Jokowi who was breaking of the fast in the dining room.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Masurdi in her press statement explained that in the meeting with Chancellor of Germany, the President emphasized the importance of realizing equal economic relations between Indonesia-Germany and Indonesia-European Union.
“Therefore, various European Union regulations that hamper welfare need to be improved. The President also asked for Germany’s support, so that negotiations on the Indonesia-EU CEPA (Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement) could be concluded immediately,” stated the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs also mentioned that the President welcomed the collaboration of the Indonesia-Germany joint economic and investment committee. In addition, the President believes that Germany’s investment in Indonesia needs to be focused on priority sectors, such as export-oriented industries, renewable energy and downstream industries.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Head of State emphasized the importance of Germany’s investment and technology experts to support Indonesia’s energy transition.
“The meeting also discussed the implementation of The Just Energy Transition Partnership,” she continued.
Furthermore, there were a number of results in the President’s visit this time in both governments’ relation (G to G) and relations between businesses (B to B).
There are two agreements for G to G that have been signed between the Indonesian government and the German government, namely:
First, the Joint Declaration of Intent on the Joint Economic and Investment Committee regarding the establishment of a joint government and private sector forum to discuss increasing economic and investment cooperation.
Second, the Joint Declaration of Intent in the Feed of Digitalization between the Ministry of Communication and Informatics and the German Ministry of Digital and Transformation to support the development of digital transformation.
Meanwhile, in B to B cooperation, Minister of Foreign Affairs mentioned that 18 agreements have been made with a value of approximately IDR27.9 trillion. “In the sustainability and energy transition sectors, investment, start-up innovation, and making Indonesia 4.0,” she added (Bureau of Press, Media, and Information of Presidential Secretariat /AIT)(KH/AW/HD)