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
“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
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)