Indonesia and Germany have traditionally enjoyed intensive and wide-ranging relations. The Jakarta Declaration agreed upon during Federal Chancellor Merkel’s official visit to Indonesia in July 2012 provides a meaningful and comprehensive framework for our bilateral cooperation.

After the first visit of his predecessor, former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President Jokowi has become the second Indonesian President in history to visit Germany in April 2016. One of the most important topics discussed by President Jokowi and Chancellor Merkel was a closer cooperation on vocational training and education. Furthermore, cooperation on climate change, interfaith dialogue and prevention of radicalization are also important topics on the political agenda between our two countries. However, despite its good reputation in Indonesia, Germany faces regional and global “competition” in its efforts to step up bilateral relations with Southeast Asia‚Äôs largest country. Prominent public figures however, such as the former president BJ Habibie, who studied and lived in Germany for many years, took his part in promoting Germany in Indonesia stating that it is his second- and intellectual home.