Indonesia is one of Germany’s priority partner countries in the context of its international cooperation. Technical cooperation with Indonesia began in 1958.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ has been working in Indonesia since 1975 and opened its office in Jakarta the same year. Other parties that commission GIZ to carry out projects with Indonesia include the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the German Federal Foreign Office (AA) and the European Union (EU). GIZ employs around 350 staff in Indonesia, including 50 seconded and 260 national personnel, 22 development workers and 13 CIM experts.
Indonesia is a country in transition. Although classified, since 2007, as a middle-income country, it is characterised by wide regional disparities: cities with modern shopping malls contrast sharply with the country’s poor rural areas. Indonesia is a member of G20 – the Group of Twenty of the world’s major industrial and emerging economies – and is playing an increasingly important role in the region: the Indonesian capital Jakarta hosts the Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Reflecting its regional significance, Indonesia is one of BMZ’s global development partners.
At the government negotiations in November 2013, it was agreed with the Indonesian Government that bilateral development cooperation should focus on three priority areas:
- energy and climate change
- inclusive growth
- good governance and global networks.
The official Indonesian partner is the State Ministry of National Development Planning (Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Nasional, BAPPENAS). GIZ’s office in Jakarta is also responsible for regional projects implemented in conjunction with the ASEAN Secretariat, and for cooperation with the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.