The Jakarta Post
Indonesia and Germany may move into a new era of maritime cooperation during the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, in July, a minister has said.
National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said that currently, Indonesia and Germany had reached agreements in three areas of cooperation, namely education, renewable energy development and palm oil certification.
In the education sector, the minister said Germany had agreed to assist Indonesia in vocational education. For the development of renewable energy, Indonesia received up to 2 billion Euros (US$2.25 billion) worth of loans from German development bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). Germany also provided support for palm oil certification.
“We will continue with these areas of cooperation. There will be further cooperation in the maritime sector between Indonesia and Germany, but maybe this will happen after leaders of the two countries meet,” said Bambang after a signing ceremony marking Indonesian-German cooperation in vocational education on Friday.
Nineteen country leaders, two European Union leaders and nine invited guest country leaders are scheduled to meet at the upcoming G20 Summit in Hamburg from July 7 to July 8.
German Economic Cooperation and Development Federal Minister Gerd Müller said Germany would be glad to welcome President Joko “Jokowi” Jokowi in Hamburg.
"We are glad President Jokowi will attend the G20 Summit in Hamburg and he will meet with the Chancellor [Angela Merkel] there. Hamburg is a maritime city and Indonesia has a maritime relationship with Hamburg," Müller said. (ebf)