Indonesian Business Day in Munich: Indonesia as One of Business partner for Germany


The Indonesian Business Day that had been organized jointly by the three representations of the Republic of Indonesia to Germany was conducted successfully. More than 115 German enterprises interested in trade and investment in Indonesia attended the conference and more than 25 enterprises made use of the possibility of one-to-one-meetings.


In his keynote address the deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Bayu Krisnamurthi, emphasized the importance of a partnership as key for German-Indonesian cooperation. He said that Germany as one of the most powerful economies in Europe, which is characterized by growth in consumption, needs an appropriate partner and Indonesia as a country with a population bigger than 225 million and one out of 3 states worldwide with a growing economy in 2009 should be regarded as such an important and suitable partner. This is due to its potential in both energy – especially renewable energy – coffee and chocolate. In regard to recent debates on climate change he underlined that Indonesia supports the World Bank’s efforts to examine the effects of palm oil production on climate change as long a similar study will be conducted to soya beans and reapsead.


The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Germany, Eddy Pratomo, said that the high economic potential of Indonesia and its political stability should highly support a closer cooperation between Indonesia and Germany, especially in economy.


He was very pleased about the forum providing German businessmen with firsthand information on the provinces’ potentials and giving them the possibility to directly share views and experiences afterwards. That hopefully will promote cooperation and Indonesia’s economic development.


The secretary of the Director Generate for America and Europe in the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ridwan Hassan expressed his appreciation for the event promoting tourism, trade and investment in Indonesia and hoped that the conference will intensify bilateral German-Indonesian relations both on governmental and on societal level and for example attract more companies (today they count about 250) to invest in Indonesia.


The German government on the other side, was represented by Armin Schwimmbeck from the Bavarian Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Transportation and Technology. He expressed his belief in a further advancement of German-Indonesian relations and promised the Bavarian government’s support for German companies investing and doing business in Indonesia. He explained that in May 2010 Bavarian companies already participated in Indomedica Expo 2010, an “International Exhibition On Medical, Hospital & Dental Equipment, Medicine, Health Care Supplies And Services” and that a Bavarian economic delegation under the leadership of Katja Hessel, State Secretary of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, intended to visit Indonesia in 2011.
Apart from presentations on tourism and investment in Indonesia given by representatives of the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) representatives of four Indonesian provinces – West and South Sumatera, East Java and Papua – offered their provinces’ economic potentials.
Moreover, German entrepreneurs – Jochen W. Sautter (President Director of German Center Indonesia), Helmut Mader (Senior Relationship Manager International Business, Bayern LB) and Dipl.-Kfm. Johann Stigler (Union of German SMEs/UMU) and Prof. Dr. El Sjahrial (chairman CAEDZ Group) – shared their experiences in doing business in the private sector.

The big attendance and especially the active discussion after the two presentation sessions moderated by the consul general of the Republic of Indonesia to Germany in Frankfurt and Hamburg, clearly indicate that Munich was a very suitable place to host such an event as many big German enterprises as Siemens AG, BMW, MAN AG and Allianz are headquartered in Munich.

As concrete outcomes of more than 25 one-to-one meetings between possible German and Indonesian business partners operating in Energy, water distillation, varnish industry and hotel industry a German enterprise proposed cooperation in coal-to-methanol industry (characterized by a very small CO2-emission). Another German enterprise suggested the four provinces cooperation in varnish industry.


As a summary, it is to be said that the event – jointly organized by the three representations of the Republic of Indonesia since March 2010 – contributed to the improvement of Indonesian-German economic cooperation and deepened the German population’s concern and knowledge on Indonesia. Moreover the province of West Sumatra initiated a collaboration with Bavaria in the fields of economy, investment, trade and infrastructure which will have to be discussed more detailed with the Bavarian Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Transportation and Technology.

All participants expressed their deep appreciation of the Indonesian Business Day as an event both German companies and Indonesian provinces will benefit from. Thus, many participants travelled far to attend the Indonesian Business Day.


The Indonesian Business Day was completed by a photo exhibition, a mini exhibition of Indonesian products and an Indonesian cultural evening presented by the Indonesian community of Munich.