With over 17,000 islands and a population of over 260 million people, Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago and the fourth most populated country in the world. It ranks among the top 20 economies globally. Indonesia is one of 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Accounting for almost 40 per cent of regional GDP, Indonesia is host to the ASEAN Secretariat. The dialogue with Indonesia serves as a gateway to ASEAN, the central unit for cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. In this context, Indonesia recently became a member of the world’s largest free trade agreement in November 2020 – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
As the largest economies in their respective regions, Germany and Indonesia both benefit from close trade relations at bilateral and interregional level.
Part of Indonesia’s allure consists in its high-potential market with an abundance of natural resources. The expanding middle class has increasing purchasing power. The country is politically stable and yet dynamic – not least because of its young population. With the goal of expanding markets and driving further digital and industrial development, Indonesia is aiming to increase technical alignment and harmonise standards with international QI structures.
Despite Indonesia’s active engagement in the area of QI and participation in international QI organisations, there remains potential for further harmonisation. A concrete example of how the country is addressing this challenge is in its efforts to increase the number of adopted and implemented international standards and to achieve recognition of laboratory test results in various industry sectors of mutual interest. Within the framework of the strategic partnership between Indonesia and Germany, GPQI has established a bilateral dialogue with relevant political and technical stakeholders, including the German and Indonesian partner ministries and industries.
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Head of Country Component Indonesia
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