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Jokowi tells Germans Indonesia means business

  • Haeril Halim

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 19 2016   /  08:44 am

It only took 13 minutes for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to cast a spell on some 200 German business leaders in a forum in Berlin as he updated Indonesia’s business potentials prior to witnessing the signing of deals worth US$875 million.

Jokowi earned the applause from the audience when he opened his speech comparing himself to former US president John F. Kennedy, who made the memorable statement “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) when visiting Germany at the height of the Cold War.

“If Kennedy, not far from this place, 50 years ago said so, I would prefer to say ‘Ich bin ein Kölner’ [I am a Cologne person], because 15 years ago I came to Cologne for the International Meubel Messe as a furniture entrepreneur and furniture exporter,” Jokowi said.

Germany is Jokowi’s first stop in five-day European tour that also includes visits to the UK...