BOGOR, (Indonesia), MHI – Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) held a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel virtually, from the Presidential Palace Bogor, West Java, Tuesday (13/04/2021) afternoon.

The meeting was held the day after the opening of the Hannover Messe 2021 Exhibition, where Indonesia was recognized as a partner country or official partner country.

Chancellor Merkel expressed appreciation to Indonesia for being a partner country in Hannover Messe 2021 and believes that this partnership will be beneficial for efforts to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

Chancellor Merkel said that next year Indonesia will become The Chairman of the G20, while Germany becomes the Chairman of the G7, so it is expected that the synergy of priorities of good work between the two countries can be done.

“It is an honor for Indonesia to be appointed as a Partner State of Hannover Fair 2021 and also later in 2023”, said President Jokowi.

On that occasion, the President also appreciated Chancellor Merkel’s nearly 16 years of leadership in improving bilateral relations between Indonesia and Germany.

In the meeting, the two leaders discussed openly several bilateral issues, including cooperation in the fields of health, economy, and climate change.

The issue of Myanmar is also one of the topics of exchange of minds of the two leaders in discussions on regional issues.

For the health sector, the two leaders exchanged thoughts on efforts to address COVID-19 in each country. Both expressed concern with the continued occurrence of vaccine nationalism, which would severely disrupt the availability of vaccines in the world and disrupt the equality of vaccine access for all.

In the meeting, President Jokowi said that the case for positive confirmation of COVID-19 in Indonesia has started to improve. This is due to the implementation of health protocols as well as micro lockdown policies up to the village level through the Implementation of Restrictions on Micro-Based Community Activities (PPKM Mikro). “In January, Indonesia’s positive figure reached more than 14 thousand in one day.

While in these two weeks, the positive figure ranges from 4-5 thousand per day”, he said. The President also explained about the vaccination program that has been started in Indonesia, where Indonesia uses two vaccines namely Sinovac and Astra Zeneca.

Furthermore, the Head of State stressed the importance of the two countries building cooperation in the health sector in the future. In the field of investment and industry, Chancellor Merkel sees the potential that Indonesia has to become an important partner of Germany. Related to this, President Jokowi said that investment plays an important role in economic recovery. “Indonesia has just issued a Copyright Act that will be able to support cooperation in the field of investment”, explained the President.

The president also called on Germany to cooperate in human resource development through vocational schools and increased German industrial investment to build Germany’s global production base and supply chain in the region.

“I offer to Germany to develop a Special Industrial Area of Germany (German Industrial Quarter) in the Batang Integrated Industrial Area,” he said, While on climate change, the two leaders have the same commitment to emissions reduction efforts in accordance with the commitments that have been delivered by each country.

“Indonesia has a high commitment to green development”, said the President.

One example is the efforts that continue to be developed both mangrove forest restoration and energy development efforts in a sustainable manner. Then on regional issues, the two leaders exchanged thoughts on the Myanmar issue.

The President said that Indonesia’s stance was very clear from the beginning, namely to call for a halt to the use of violence and encourage dialogue. “Dialogue between them is expected to be conducted soon, to restore democracy, stability and peace in Myanmar,” he said.

Indonesia has also proposed the ASEAN Summit to discuss the Myanmar issue and the summit preparations are currently ongoing. Germany is one of Indonesia’s most important partners in Europe, where the two countries have had a comprehensive partnership since 2012.

Germany is Indonesia’s largest trading partner in Europe, the 4th largest investment partner in Europe, and German tourists are the 3rd largest from Europe. Also accompanying President Jokowi in the bilateral meeting were Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung.

(IRF/UN)

Source: BPMI SETPRES

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