With over 17,000 islands and a population of over 260 million people, Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, the fourth most populated country in the world, and belongs to the top 20 economies. Indonesia is one of ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Accounting for almost 40 per cent of the regional GDP, Indonesia hosts the ASEAN Secretariat. The dialogue with Indonesia serves as a gateway to ASEAN, the central unit for cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. In this context, Indonesia became recently a member of the world's largest free trade agreement in November 2020 - the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).


As the largest economies in their respective regions, Germany and Indonesia both benefit at a bilateral and inter-regional scale from close trade relations.


Part of Indonesia’s allure consists in its high-potential market rich with natural resources. The expanding middle class has an increasing purchasing power. The country is politically stable and yet dynamic, not only because of its young population. With the intent to expand its market as well as to undergo digital and further industrial development, Indonesia aims for increased technical alignment and standards harmonisation with international QI structures.


Despite Indonesia’s active engagement in the area of QI and its participation in international QI organisations, the potential for further harmonisation persists. Increasing the number of adopted and implemented international standards and achieving recognition of laboratory test results in various industry sectors of mutual interest, is a concrete example of how to address this challenge. Within the framework of the strategic partnership between Indonesia and Germany, GPQI establishes a bilateral dialogue with relevant political and technical stakeholders, including the German and Indonesian partner ministries as well as industries.


Juliane Spangenberg
Head of Country Component Indonesia
Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH