According to Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, the economic numbers of 2015 show the mutual position of Indonesia and the EU as key partners in the respective regions: the EU is Indonesia’s fourth largest trading partner, with US$ 26,2 billion in total trade. Also, with around US$ 2,3 billion the EU is Indonesia’s third largest investor. Finally, no less than almost 1 million tourists from Europe visited Indonesia last year.
Accompanying the Indonesian president’s Joko “Jokowi” Widodo current five-day working visit to Europe, Foreign Minister points out today, that the cooperation between her country and the EU is a long-time traditional partnership, as reflected in the 2009 established EU-Indonesia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) – the first EU treaty in Southeast Asia. Therefore, the president’s visit to the European continent will not only reinforce formal economic ties through starting negotiations on the Indonesia-EU Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), but also promote business-to-business collaborative projects.
Berlin, London, Brussels and The Hague will welcome “Jokowi” during his trip. There are several agreements and programmes on his agenda, that aim at closer economic and political ties between Indonesia, EU and several European countries. Besides planned trade and industry cooperations with the United Kingdom and Germany, “Jokowi” will have historic talks: as the first visit by a sitting Indonesian president he will meet up with all three EU presidents - the European Parliament president, the European Council president and the European Commission president - to bolster the EU-Indonesia relations.