Source: BMWi/Susanne Eriksson

© BMWi/Susanne Eriksson

After visiting Japan, Federal Minister Altmaier has travelled to Indonesia to attend the 16th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK) and hold bilateral talks with representatives of the Indonesian government. He is accompanied by a business delegation. Around 1,000 representatives from business, government and associations will be present at the three-day APK.

Federal Minister Altmaier said: "Germany and the countries in the Asia-Pacific region have long enjoyed close and strong partnerships with one another. The only way to respond to the global challenges is by joining together in our commitment to ensuring world trade that is open, free and fair as this benefits all sides. For this purpose, we want to intensify our economic cooperation at the Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business in Jakarta and develop new strategic opportunities for German companies and enterprises from the Asia-Pacific region."

Speaking on behalf of German firms operating in Asia, Dr Hubert Lienhard, Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business, said: "In times of growing protectionism, it is more important than ever to intensify the cooperation with the countries in the Asia-Pacific. We want open markets, more economic cooperation and more free trade agreements. The EU's trade concept aims to fight economic nationalism and virulent populism, which pose a threat to global stability, prosperity and peace. Our trade agreements include robust social and ecological standards. Therefore, we are making efforts to expand our strategic partnerships with like-minded countries in the Asia-Pacific."

On the first day of his visit to Jakarta, Minister Altmaier will hold bilateral talks with economic-policy decision-makers of the Indonesian cabinet. Interested members of the business delegation will also be present during these talks. Two declarations of intent on the intensification of German-Indonesian economic cooperation are planned to be signed on these occasions. A visit to a company in the context of dual vocational training is also scheduled to take place on the first day.

The second day of the visit focuses on the intensive dialogue with senior decision-makers from government and business from Germany, Europe and the Asia-Pacific at the 16th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK). At the APK, Federal Minister Altmaier will meet with his counterparts from major countries of the region.