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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz Plans Visit to Indonesia

TEMPO.COJakarta – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz planned a visit to Indonesia, said Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi after meeting with the German delegation on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session in New York on Tuesday, September 19.

Retno could not yet confirm when the visit will take place as both parties are still making the preparations, including for the meeting of the two countries’ foreign ministers in Germany in November 2023.

“We are still discussing the time, but we have started preparing for the visit,” Retno said in the official statement released by the ministry in Jakarta, on Wednesday, September 20, 2023.

President Joko Widodo met Chancellor Scholz during his visit to the Hannover Messe 2023 trade fair in Germany, last April.

The two leaders held a bilateral meeting discussing investment and economic cooperation, including the Indonesia – European Union Comprehensive Partnership Agreement (IEU CEPA).

Jokowi and Scholz also talked about the implementation of funding for the Just Energy Transition Cooperation (JETP), which has not been realized since its launch in late 2022.

JETP is a climate change and energy transition funding partnership from the G7 countries, consisting of the US, Japan, Germany, the UK, France, Italy, and Canada, plus Denmark and Norway, to support Indonesia’s decarbonization in the energy sector with funding of US$10 billion or around Rp152.46 trillion.

Jokowi’s visit to Germany also resulted in a Joint Declaration of Intent in the Feed of Digitalization between the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information and the German Ministry of Digital and Transformation for the development of digital transformation.

Indonesia also secured 18 agreements worth approximately Rp27.9 trillion in various sectors such as energy transition, investment, and start-up innovation.

The upcoming visit will be Olaf Scholz’s second visit to Indonesia after meeting with Jokowi during the G20 Summit in Bali in November 2022.

Source : TEMPO.CO