Home120,000 hectares of Kerinci Seblat National Park destroyed Germany shortens visa processing for RI Visiting German President Christian Wulff met with President Susilo
Bambang Yudhoyono in Jakarta on Thursday, as Germany plans to shorten
the Schengen visa processing time for Indonesians wanting to visit the
country and eurozone countries.
The German Embassy in Jakarta has announced its plan to cut its visa processing period from 12 to 3 days for Indonesians.
Ambassador to Indonesia Norbert Baas said the policy to reduce the visa
processing period would be implemented before Christmas this year.
reason behind the policy was inseparable from the security and
stability of Indonesia, which in the ambassador’s view had shown
positive progress, especially in terms of reduced threats of terrorism.
attending the meeting between the two leaders at the State Palace,
Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said that Indonesia had long since
asked Germany for a reduced visa processing time.
Marty, the meeting between Yudhoyono and Wulff was concentrated on the
future of bilateral relations between the two countries.
Germany and Indonesia have had a close relationship for 60 years.
a joint press conference, Yu-dhoyono told reporters that Indonesia
suggested five strategic cooperations with Germany, namely investment
and trade, health, education, research and technology.
investment and trade cooperation, Indonesia has MP3EI [the Master Plan
for Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia’s Economic Development], and
Indonesia invites Germany to be a strategic partner,” he said.
According to Yudhoyono, the volume of German trade in Indonesia is US$6 billion, an increase by 22 percent from last year.
Wulff said that Indonesia was a country that was consistent in maintaining its economic system.
“Next year, there will be many people from Germany coming to Indonesia to invest,” Wulff said.
He added that he was impressed with how Indonesia made its democracy and economy grow together.
has enjoyed a close relationship with Germany in the past, when B.J.
Habibie was a Cabinet minister, vice president and president.
visit was expected to revitalize the relationship between the two
countries, although perhaps not to the levels seen during Habibie’s
“The Habibie era was a combination of what had been
built up before. The fact that he studied in Germany and spoke German
like a native German was really a boost,” Baas said on Wednesday.