I am pleased to present our annual publication on cooperation between the European Union (EU) and Indonesia.
2021 put a spotlight on global challenges such as the continuing coronavirus pandemic and climate change. It reminded us of how interconnected we are and that cross-border threats cannot be addressed by any country alone.
Global solidarity is essential. This is indeed the theme of Indonesia’s G20 Presidency in 2022: ‘Recover Together, Recover Stronger’. The EU has been practicing this as ‘Team Europe’, the EU institutions, EU Member States and the European financial institutions, have mobilised resources to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on people and economies globally, with over €200 million for Indonesia.
Building a more inclusive, green and sustainable future has been at the heart of the EU’s cooperation with Indonesia for over 30 years. By working together, we have made great progress in strengthening health systems, reducing inequalities, enhancing environmental protection and supporting people-to-people exchanges.
In the framework of the new EU Indo-Pacific Strategy and the Global Gateway communication, both launched in 2021, we will expand future cooperation to reflect Indonesia’s role in multilateralism and regional stability. The European Investment Bank will open its regional representation in Jakarta too and, once concluded, our future Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with Indonesia will expand trade and investment.
In 2022, we will continue to reinforce our partnership. We will support Indonesia’s G20 Presidency priorities that put health and environmental sustainability at the heart of recovery. Likewise, we will cooperate on innovation and increasing readiness for future crisis – objectives that are pursued with the EU’s “Global Europe” external financing programme.
Ultimately, our actions aim to increase resilience in the face of global challenges, be it a pandemic, or green and digital transitions. In the following pages, we share success stories from EU and EU Member States’ development programmes that have contributed to these goals. I hope you will enjoy reading our publication, which showcases the meaningful impact of our partnerships and highlights what we can achieve when we work together.