Merkel in Indonesia: Deepening German-Indonesian Cooperation
Enlarge image Chancellor Merkel met with President Yudhoyono in Jakarta. (© Bundesregierung/Denzel)
Both Germanyand Indonesia want to develop an economic strategic cooperation, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Jakarta, where she met with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. With the Jakarta Declaration, the countries have deepened their political and economic relations. Merkel underscored that with the declaration, the two countries have placed their relations on a new, comprehensive level and have developed a new strategic cooperation, especially in the economic realm. Chancellor Merkel’s visit in Indonesia from July 10 to 11 was her first trip to the country as chancellor.
While in the capital city, Merkel visited the German Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System, developed by the German Research Center for Geosciences in Potsdam after the devastating tsunami of December 2004. The system became operational in 2008 and is now run under Indonesian jurisdiction, with continuing support and training from German experts. The German Federal Government made available more than 53 million euros for its development and optimization.
Enlarge image Chancellor Merkel visited the German Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System. (© picture alliance / dpa) Chancellor Merkel highlighted the tsunami early-warning system as an example of the close cooperation between the two countries envisioned in the declaration. “We see here the highest scientific quality and we also see how Indonesian specialists are being trained here.”
German-Indonesian cooperation also extends to those areas that are important to the peaceful development in the region, Merkel said. These areas include peace missions and questions of technical cooperation. Chancellor Merkel promised Germany’s support in the development of renewable energies as Indonesiahas set an ambitious goal: 25 percent renewable energies by they year 2025.