Hans-Jürgen Beerfeiltz, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), took time to visit the Indonesian stand during the annual Day of Open Doors held this year on 22 August 2010 at the ministry in Berlin. Among the products of Indonesia exhibited there, the State Secretary found the Indonesian coffee “very unique and delicious”. Eddy Pratomo, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Federal Republic of Germany, explained that it is not only the taste that makes Indonesian coffee exquisite, but it is also its aroma that lends it unique character.
Beerfeiltz, who personally opened the Day of Open Doors, reiterated Germany’s intention to continue its development cooperation with developing countries, saying that one cannot live in an island of plenty while others lived in a world of scarcity. The state secretary said that the 18.000 staff members of the ministry whose budget for 2010 amounts to € 6,1 billion are posted around the globe, including Indonesia. The global development goal of Germany is to raise the level of development aid to developing countries to reach 0,7% of the GNP by 2015.
The special attention rendered to Indonesia reflects the fact that Indonesia is one of the focus countries and a main partner for development cooperation. Germany has given € 3,23 billion so far in development aid to Indonesia since the inception of the program in 1961. In April 2010, 6 agreements on technical and financial cooperation were signed.
During the event, some 800 Berliners visited the Indonesian stand and enjoyed delicacies of the country offered there. Beside culinary specialties, dance performances and a promotional film on Indonesia were also presented. The BMZ uses the Day of Open Doors to disseminate information on development cooperation between Germany and its partner countries. This year, 32 embassies participated in the event.