Bilateral relations focus on cooperation in international organisations, promoting bilateral economic relations and German assistance in reforming the Indonesian vocational training sector. Global questions such as climate protection, maritime issues, sustainable development strategies and cooperation in the G20 appear regularly on the bilateral Agenda.
In Jakarta in July 2012, Federal Chancellor Merkel concluded a wide-ranging basic agreement, the Jakarta Declaration, with then Indonesian President Yudhoyono. This provides the basis for close and multifaceted cooperation between Germany and Indonesia within the framework of a strategic partnership.
As the largest members of the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) respectively, Germany and Indonesia connect on numerous points on the regional policy front. In 2019 and 2020, Indonesia and Germany are working together as non‑permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.
As the country with the world’s largest Muslim population, Indonesia is an important partner for Germany in the dialogue on religious issues and the prevention of radicalisation.
Bilateral trade was worth approximately 6.3 billion euros in 2019. In addition to its economic importance, Indonesia is relevant on the global stage in particular through its role in the area of climate change – not only because of its extensive forests and rich biodiversity, but also because of it being one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases. Germany is supporting Indonesia particularly in the context of promoting renewable energies, forest conservation and vocational training, making it now Indonesia’s largest bilateral development partner. Furthermore, Germany supports numerous development programmes through the EU, multilateral institutions, non-governmental organisations and in a regional context through ASEAN.
In the field of culture and education, Germany is highly regarded in Indonesia: it enjoys an excellent reputation as a place to study and engage in research and has for years been one of the top choices for Indonesian students wanting to study abroad. The German language is popular in Indonesia as well. There are currently over 150,000 Indonesians learning German.