Germany is an Ideal Partner to Develop RI’s Maritime Tourism Capacity

Germany is an ideal partner to improve national capacity in maritime tourism. An invitation from the Indonesian Ambassador for Germany, Fauzi Bowo, to Ministerpräsident (Prime Minister) of Schleswig-Holstein, Torsten Albig, to develop Indonesia’s capacity in that area was welcomed.

It was stated in their meeting which took place at the office of Schleswig-Holstein Prime Minister, Germany (13/3).

“PM Torsten Albig was warmly welcoming this medium-term development which is run by the Indonesian Government, especially in an effort to develop maritime tourism sector,” Ambassador Fauzi Bowo said.

Cruise tourism sector and beach have become one of the Schleswig-Holstein’s economic backbones. In 2016, contribution from the sector was reaching 30% of the total GDP of the country.

Kiel, as the capital city of Schleswig-Holstein, is also the main cruise harbor in Germany with almost 3 million of passengers in average every year.

“Due to that reason, Schleswig-Holstein is an ideal partner for Indonesia to develop the capacity of national maritme tourism,” he said.

In the meeting, Ambassador Fauzi Bowo explained the Indonesian medium-term development agenda which aims to improve the capacity of national maritime.

The policy taken by the Indonesian Government to support the development agenda is not limited to the accelerated development of harbor infrastructure capacity, shipyard industry and other related sectors, but also to push the development of national maritime tourism capacity, as Indonesia is the biggest archipelago state in the world and having a huge maritime tourism potential.

Now, the tourism sector itself has become one of the significant contributors in Indonesia’s GDP with around 11% contribution and provided around 11 million jobs.

To follow up the meeting, Ambassador Fauzi Bowo explained, Indonesian Government will do an update on Indonesia-Germany Joint Declaration for a Comprehensive Partnership (Jakarta Declaration).

The update of the comprehensive cooperation document will contain the development cooperation component which will be focusing on improving maritime capacity and skill education, in order to accommodate any opportunity of concrete cooperation that can be done in the effort of developing nautical tourism capacity. (Source: KBRI Berlin/Yo2k)