In this year’s virtual global industrial event Hannover Expo, Indonesia is the guest of honor.
Jan Rönnfeld finally stayed in Indonesia this spring. The head of the German Chamber of Commerce who received us via video conference from Jakarta knows how much the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is causing damage to Europe’s influence in Southeast Asia. If there is no such pandemic, Mr. Rönnfeld will currently be in Lower Saxony with an Indonesian delegation headed by President Joko Widodo to attend the industry’s largest global conference: the Hannover Fair. Indonesia is the guest of honor on the show this year.
Covid-19 obligation, the demonstration was cancelled in 2020, this is the first time it has been held Online only. As a result, all economic and diplomatic ceremonies of the event have changed: there is no real welcome ceremony in front of the Indonesian President and Prime Minister, no booth visits with delegations and economic “experts”, and no informal high-level meetings of the event.
The connections between all these meetings are getting closer, and the investment is getting closer. These meetings must adapt to the virtual format…or be postponed. “We look forward to holding face-to-face meetings in 2023, and Indonesia will once again become a partner country for the exhibition. Hope Jan Rönnfeld (Jan Rönnfeld). Although Indonesia is a country with great potential but great potential, in Europe, people know very little about it. “
However, the geopolitical environment is extremely favorable. In recent years, German industry and politicians have realized the urgency of strengthening ties with countries in Southeast Asia to find alternatives. In the pandemic, it is necessary to balance the difficulties encountered between them in the region’s largest partner in order to strengthen their strength: China has been strengthened. As a result, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, India and Indonesia have received new attention along with traditional partners such as Japan, South Korea and Australia.
This topic is the core content of the last German Economic Asia-Pacific Conference (which was held on October 19, 2020 through a video conference). There are few clear stakes: After the first phase of the Asia-Pandemic, the Pacific has played a key role in economic recovery and will become the engine of global growth in the coming years. “But Asia is not just China, we tend to forget it, Emphasizes the former boss of Siemens, chairman of the meeting Joe Kaeser (Joe Kaeser). From an economic point of view, our values and interests must be properly reflected. “ He pointed out that in view of the increasingly fierce competition between China and the United States, Europe cannot be content to sit on the sidelines.