ASIATODAY.ID, BERLIN – The Indonesian government through the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs paid a working visit to Berlin, Germany on 30-31 October 2023 in order to strengthen bilateral cooperation and gather support for Indonesia’s accession process to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD ).
As is known, Germany is the country with the largest economy in the European Union, Indonesia’s largest trading partner in the European Union, as well as one of the founding countries of the OECD.
Deputy for International Economic Cooperation Coordination of the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy, Edi Pambudi and his delegation had the opportunity to hold several meetings with the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.
In a meeting with the Chair of the German Department of International Economic Policy, International Trade and Bilateral Economic Cooperation, Ralph Böhme and the Director General of Trade of the German Ministry of Economics and Climate Action, Dominik Schnichles, Deputy Edi expressed Indonesia’s appreciation for the good economic cooperation that has been established between the two country.
Apart from that, German Minister of Foreign Affairs Tobias Lindner also provided support for Indonesia’s OECD accession process.
The Indonesian Government hopes for the German Government’s support in Indonesia’s OECD accession process and expresses its appreciation for the German Government’s support for Indonesia’s membership process in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
As is known, Indonesia has officially become the 40th full member of the FATF. Indonesia’s membership was announced by the President of the FATF at the closing of the FATF plenary meeting in Paris, France on 27 October 2023.
Apart from the OECD topic, the meeting also discussed follow-up plans for the Joint Declaration of Intent from the Indonesian-German Joint Economic and Investment Committee which was signed by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy of the Republic of Indonesia and the German Minister of Economy and Climate Action in April 2023. The delegation also discussed opportunities for cooperation and investment between the two countries in Special Economic Zones in Indonesia, especially in the manufacturing sector and industrial areas.
Furthermore, Deputy Edi, who is also the Indonesian G20 Co-Sherpa, during this working visit also held a meeting with the Head of the German G7/G20 Sherpa Office, Lucinda Trigo Gamara. At the meeting which took place at the Chancellor’s Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, appreciation was again expressed for Indonesia’s role, both as the 2022 G20 Presidency and as a member of the Troika in the 2023 Indian Presidency, which was able to maintain the unity and relevance of the G20 in overcoming the latest global problems, including the health, food and energy crises. , to humanitarian crises caused by geopolitical conflicts.
During the meeting, the results of the G20 Summit in New Delhi 9-10 September 2023 were also discussed and the priorities of the next G20 Presidency which will be led by Brazil.
Also present as the Indonesian Delegation on the working visit were the Assistant Deputy for Multilateral Economic Cooperation/Co-Sous Sherpa G20 Indonesia, Head of the Planning Bureau of the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy, Deputy Head of Representative of the Indonesian Embassy in Berlin, Team of Assistant Deputy for Multilateral Economic Cooperation, and the Team of the Secretariat General of the National Council Special Economic Zone. (AT Network)
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