Jakarta. Bilateral relations between Indonesia and Germany will continue to strengthen and will include future cooperation between the two countries' automotive industries on electric vehicle production, a senior official said last week.
Indonesia expects real action from Germany, especially in the form of direct investments, said Minister of Maritime Affairs Coordinators Luhut Panjaitan during an event held in Jakarta on October 3rd on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of German reunification.
Stephan Weil, the president of Lower Saxony, also attended the event.
"I also reported to our president this afternoon and was very pleased with this progress, and especially in discussing the production of electric vehicles with Volkswagen and Audi, we saw the possibility of creating a lithium battery industry in Indonesia" said Luhut.
Indonesia will also participate as a partner country in Hannover Messe 2020, the world's leading trade fair on industrial technology.
"Our participation is in line with our commitment to developing Indonesia's Industry 4.0 programs, which focus on the food and beverage, textile, automotive, chemical and electronic sectors," Luhut said.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo signed a regulation in August that will accelerate the development of electric vehicles in Indonesia.
During last week's event, Luhut also announced important German investments in the largest economy in Southeast Asia.
"Our ambassador Havas [Oegroseno] told me that the German government was willing to invest around 2.5 billion euros [2.75 billion dollars] in infrastructure projects in Indonesia," the minister said.
He added that the German government has earmarked an additional 10 million euros for a mangrove rehabilitation program in the archipelago.
Meanwhile, German Ambassador Peter Schoof has congratulated Indonesia on this year's successful presidential and legislative elections.
"My congratulations go to the Indonesian people who, 20 years after their transition, demonstrated their strong belief in democracy … Germany and the EU in general would like to ask you to continue on the path of democracy, diversity and of the opening for the benefit of the Indonesian people, "he said.
The ambassador also praised the late President B.J. Habibie, who was highly appreciated by the German people.
Indonesia and Germany are currently acting as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council and expect to work together to pursue international peace and security, said Luhut.
Indonesia and Germany established diplomatic relations in 1952.