TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi held a bilateral meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Friday, Sept. 14. One of the focus of the discussions is to increase cooperation in the economic sector.
“We have discussed a number of issues and agreed to strengthen cooperation in the economic sector. Germany is the fourth largest investor in Indonesia and the largest trading partner of Europe. In the tourism sector, there is a significant increase in German tourist visit to Indonesia in 2017,” said Retno.
Minister Retno and Minister Maas both welcomed the plan of implementation of the Asia Pacific Business Conference, which will be held on November 2-3 in Indonesia. The event will be attended by a number of CEOs and businessmen from Germany.
“This forum can make our businessmen see the potential of close relations between Indonesia and Germany,” said Retno.
The two ministers have opened the 2018 Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) Chapter Berlin meeting in Europe. It carries the theme of democracy and migration, which considered very appropriate to solve challenges and discuss democratic development in the Asian and European regions faced by the two countries at this time.