Kick Off Hannover Messe 2020

Representatives from the Indonesian and German governments opened a kick-off event for Hannover Messe 2020, in which Indonesia is the official country partner.

To further promote Hannover Messe 2020, the Indonesian Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto, Chairman of the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Thomas Lembong, Minister President of Lower Saxony Stephan Weil, Chairman of the Deutsche Messe Managing Board Jochen Kockler, and the German Ambassador to Indonesia Peter Schoof, opened a kickoff event to the world’s leading industrial technology trade fair.

Held at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Indonesia Jakarta, the kick-off event saw hundreds of industry and government representatives gather to witness what is the starting point for the trade fair in regards to Indonesia’s role as its official country partner.

Indonesia was handed the title of the official country partner of Hannover Messe 2020 in Germany in the beginning of April. The designation means that Indonesia would be at the center stage of this highly prestigious trade fair.

Mr. Hartarto, in his opening speech, reiterated Indonesia’s intention to present the country’s Making Indonesia 4.0 initiative to the world, which aims to modernize the country’s production industries and to further develop its digital infrastructure. He added that Indonesia’s participation in Hannover Messe 2020 was also a significant symbol of the deepening of bilateral relations between Indonesia and Germany

“Once again, we hope that with President [Joko Widodo’s] visit to Hannover Messe will also mark a new era in Indonesia-German relationship... This is an opportunity to deepen the quality of investment, as well as the quality of products from Indonesia in collaboration with our German investors,” he added.

Mr. Lembong echoed Mr. Hartarto’s statement, saying that the event was a unique opportunity to highlight – for the Indonesian industrial sector – the type of technology that is available in factory production in Europe and around the world.

Mr. Weil, who arrived with a business delegation in Indonesia the day prior to the event, stated his appreciation for Indonesia’s participation in the largest trade fair of his state capital.

“We are fortunate to have Indonesia as a partner country for Hannover Fair 2020 because we feel all the criteria we are looking can been seen here in your country,” he said.

Hannover Messe 2020 will be held from April 20 to 24. The event boasts over 6,500 exhibitors from across the world, on top of 60 forums and conferences. About 6.5 million business contracts are expected to be signed during the event.

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