EKONID, the German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia signed a Declaration of Intent on Vocational Education

Außenhandelskammer EKONID und Koordinierendes Wirtschaftsministerium unterzeichnen Vereinbarung für die Berufsbildung Enlarge image (© Deutsche Botschaft Jakarta)  Since 1970 the German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, EKONID, has operated in Indonesia with great success. Today Jan Rönnfeld, Managing Director of EKONID, and Rudy Salahuddin, Deputy Minister in the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, signed a joint Declaration of Intent. They agreed on strengthening their cooperation in vocational education: Aside from the ongoing dual training courses in industrial mechanics and mechatronics, EKONID intends to initiate further training courses together with German and Indonesian companies. In addition, internship programmes and “train the trainers” initiatives will be enhanced.

The German Ambassador, Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg, congratulated all partners involved: “EKONID and the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs deserve high

recognition for promoting the modernization of vocational education in Indonesia. This also holds true for the companies Siemens, MAN Diesel and Turbo, Mercedes-Benz and PT Barata as the first companies to send trainees for the training course in industrial mechanics.”

Since 2017, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) have become one of Germany’s priority areas of development cooperation. Apart from EKONID, GIZ, KfW and IHK Trier are also committed to upgrading and reforming vocational education.