As follow-up and implementation of documents of comprehensive partnership, Jakarta Declaration, in the 3rd meeting of Bilateral Steering Committee in Berlin, on July 6, 2018, Indonesian and German delegation agreed to enhance economic cooperation. The cooperation is aimed at boosting performance on trade and bilateral investment as well as exploration on cooperation in cyber security. The two countries also cooperate in the fields of politic and security, vocational cooperation, maritime, education and research and technology, culture and law cooperation. Chairman of Indonesian delegation, Muhammad Anshor emphasized that both countries agreed to strengthen cooperation in various fields as the implementation of Jakarta Declaration to reactivate some mechanism cooperation which had stopped. The two delegations also discussed the meeting plan of foreign affairs minister of the two countries, cooperation of the two countries in capacity as non-permanent member of The UN Security Council, Bilateral Maritime Forum and Bali Democracy Forum Chapter Berlin. The two delegations agreed the importance to strengthen trade and investment cooperation through fast track mechanism in a bid to bridge entrepreneurs of the two countries, including to encourage I-EU CEPA solution. Some of the next programs which have been identified, are that Indonesia will become host of the implementation of the 16th Asia Pacific Conference of the German Business on November 2nd – 3rd 2018, which will be attended by more than 1000 entrepreneurs of Germany and Asia Pacific countries. Indonesia will also become a Country Partner of Hannover Messe 2020 exhibition. In the meeting, Germany also agreed to start over discussion of Diplomatic and Official Passport Visa Free Agreement.
The meeting was conducted in Yogyakarta on Friday (6/7). The meeting between Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marasudi and her Thai counterpart, Don Pramudwinaialso became part of the 9th Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) between both ministers on July 5-6,2018. The two ministers opened the meeting by signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Indonesia and Thailand Kingdom. According to press release of Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry website, the meeting also discussed the increasing of economic cooperation between the two countries.
The government of Surabaya city held again agenda entitling ‘Remo and Yosakoi Dance Festival’ on Sunday (8/7). The annual agenda has been held 16 times since it was held for the first time in 2003. The event was the implementation of collaboration of the two cultures of cooperation relation of sister- city between Surabaya and Kochi city, Japan in cultural sector. Vice Mayor of Surabaya, Wisnu Sakti Buana in his speech said that the festival is one of events of sister- city cooperation between Surabaya and Kochi, Japan in the cultural sector. This year is the 16th Remo and Yosakoi dance festival. Meanwhile, Japanese Consul General in Surabaya, Masaki Tani in his speech stated that his side did appreciate and support the implementation of the event in 2018. Through cross-cultural festival, Masaki Tani directly felt how the event got high enthusiasm in Surabaya community.