EKONID 47th Annual Members Meeting

07/03/2017 Latest News

Against the backdrop of the topsy-turvy global economic and geopolitical landscape that is 2016, EKONID continues its committment in maintaining and growing German-Indonesian economic cooperation by having another successful year.

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States have certainly left its mark in the global economic and geopolitical landscape as 2016 came to a close, leaving few countries and companies even less certain about the future of the growth for the global economy. Nevertheless, Germany remains a bulwark for global economic cooperation, while Indonesia has shown strong economic resilience with the IMF projecting the country as the third fastest growing country among G20 member states after India and China in 2017.

It perhaps not surprising thus that EKONID has had a successful 2016, as reported at the 47th Annual Members Meeting (AMM) at the Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta, on May 29, 2017. Led by Chairman of the EKONID Board of Management, Mr. Prijono Sugiarto, who is also the President Director of PT Astra International Tbk., the event shows that EKONID remains in good financial health, has been very active, and is already looking forward to more eventful years.

As a short summary, 2016 was highlighted by three major events and a single overarching mandate for EKONID. The first of three events was in April, when President Joko Widodo visited Germany to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as his participation at a major business forum and his introduction to the German Dual Vocational Education and Training (DVET). EKONID initiated and facilitited the business forum and his introduction to DVET via a visit to the SIEMENS Professional Education Facility in Berlin.

The second of the three events was the 6th Europe-Indonesian Business Dialogue (EIBD) on November 8, which was held against the backdrop of the negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between Indonesia and the EU. The third event is the Asia Pacific Conference held in Hong Kong from November 3-5, which was attended by EKONID Managing Director, Mr. Jan Rönnfeld. EKONID will be in charge of organizing this key forum for decision makers in business and politics from Asia and Germany in Jakarta in 2018.

Finally, as mandated by President Widodo ƒollowing his April visit to Germany, EKONID is taking the lead to transfer and adapt the German Dual Vocational Education System to Indonesia’s education system. At the 47th AMM, Mrs. Ute Brockmann, Deputy Managing Director and Head of EKONID’s Training and Education Department showcased the programs the chamber has designed to ensure the successful adoption of DVET in Indonesia.

New Board of Management

Another important update from the 47th AMM is the new structure of EKONID’s Board of Management, which is up for election once every two years. We extend our congratulation to Mr. Prijono Sugiarto, who has decided to continue his term as Chairman. We would also like to congratulate Mr. Martin Feulner, who will take his new position as Vice Chairman of EKONID’s Board of Management.

Furthermore, we welcome Mr. Kunardy Lie, Managing Director and Chief Country Officer of Deutsche Bank AG, in his new position as Treasurer, as well as Mr. Christophe Marie, Senior Representative of Commerzbank in Indonesia, and Dr. Reza Poorvash, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Indonesia, as members of the EKONID Board of Management.