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Amb. Fauzi Bowo

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Amb. Fauzi Bowo is Ambassador from Indonesia since the 19. 02. 2014. 1967 he became Engineer at the University of Indonesia. 1976 he studied at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. 2000 he got a Doctorate in Engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. In 1976, he became Expert Assistant at the University of Braunschweig, Germany. 1979-1982 he was Lecturer at the University of Indonesia. 1979-1986 he was Acting Head of Bureau for governor’s affair at the Capital City Government, Jakarta. 1986-1993 Head of Bureau for governor’s affair at the Capital City Government in Jakarta. From 1993 to 1998 he was Head of Tourism Office. From 1998 to 2001, he was Regional Secretary at the Capital City Government. 2001-2002 he was Chief Executive Officer in Jakarta. 2002-2007 he became Vice Governor in Jakarta. Then from 2007 to 2012 he was Governor at the Capital City Government in Jakarta.

History

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In recent years, German-Indonesian relations have become closer, as the largest members of the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), these countries usually take similar positions on many issues relating to the development of regional organizations. In the last years, there have been regular high-level visits from both sides, as well as important international trade fairs where Indonesia was a partner, like the ITB in Berlin in March 2013, and the BAUMA in Munich in April 2013, which gave a considerable boost to economic relations. Germany supports the Indonesian government’s ongoing reform efforts with a wide range of projects designed to ensure good governance and strengthen administrative structures.

There are currently around 300 German companies operating in Indonesia. They include global players, as well as small and medium-sized companies covering a big section of German business. The German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (EKONID, a member of the German Chamber Network) promotes bilateral trade and investment between Indonesia and Germany, by offering consulting on market development. The range of German exportations to Indonesia has been increasing. In 2015, it went up by 15% (3,5 billion dollars), compared to 2014. Germany is Indonesia's 9th biggest supplier of goods.

Concerning Development Cooperation, the German-Indonesian relations began in the 1950s, with Germany being Indonesia’s fourth largest bilateral development cooperation partner, especially in the areas of Energy and Climate Change; Sustainable Economic Development for Pro-Poor Growth; and Good Governance and Global Networks. Concerning the cultural and education bond, it is a very old and strong one. It started back when several Germans were living in the former Dutch India, and had one high point in the 19th century, influencing Germany’s literary and art scene. One example is the influence of the Indonesian painter Raden Saleh (1807-1880) on Dresden’s Late Romanticism. This bond still exists today, for example through the Goethe Institute, which has offices in Jakarta, Bandung and Surabaya. Nowadays, more than 150,000 Indonesians are learning German, while it's known that, after Indonesia gained independence, 30,000 Indonesians moved to the Federal Republic of Germany to study.

Concerning religious issues, there is a German-Indonesian Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue where representatives from both countries' government, and several civil-society organisations, and religious communities meet to keep up a dialogue on the subject.