City Partnership Jakarta

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The city partnership agreement with Indonesia’s capital city was signed on 22 April 1993. The Governor of Jakarta’s visit to Berlin for the 2009 Asia-Pacific Weeks gave our original contacts a recent boost. Our partner city is especially interested in expanding its infrastructure. This applies in particular to transportation links, but also to the drinking water supply and to waste water disposal. Since environmental technology is one of Berlin’s economic strengths, close cooperation in these areas is a special goal.

Cooperation in the past has focused primarily on culture and sports.

In 2015 the Goethe-Institut organized the “German Season” in Indonesia. Berlin’s Retrofuturisten and the Indonesian puppet theater group Papermoon premiered their co-production “SENLIMA” as part of this event series. You can find out more on the website of the Retrofuturisten. The Berlin premiere of SENLIMA took place at the 2016 Jalan-Jalan festival with the support of the Senate Chancellery (find out more here).
In October 2016, the performance collective She She Pop performed in Jakarta at the Salihara International Performing Arts Festival. Find out more here.

In May 2017, two deputy governors from Jakarta visited Berlin. Mr. Effeni came to Berlin for the International Garden Exhibition (more here) and Mr. Soehodho opened the Asia-Pacific Weeks as its guest of honor (more here).

The second Asia conference of Engagement Global’s Service Agency “Communities in One World” took place in Bonn from 19 to 21 June 2017 with around 90 representatives of local administrations and civil society. The conference was organized in cooperation with the Federal City of Bonn. Along with many stakeholders from Germany, there were 30 participants from seven Asian countries: Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Georgia, the Philippines, and India.

Berlin, too, took part in the conference with its partner city Jakarta and the Berlin boroughs Lichtenberg and Marzahn-Hellersdorf, which maintain partnerships with Vietnamese boroughs. The conference also gave Berlin and Jakarta the chance to discuss some preliminary ideas for celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2019. You can get an idea of the conference on the Service Agency “Communities in One World” website, while a video is available on Youtube.

Under the Berlin-Jakarta city partnership and in connection with the 2017 Jakarta International Youth Program, the Senate Chancellery held a competition to find Berlin students who were to travel to Jakarta and represent Berlin in its partner city. From 20 to 26 August 2017, Jenny Song Schmidt, a student at Berlin’s University of the Arts, and Kevin Nandzik, from Humboldt University, represented Berlin in Jakarta and engaged in an exchange with other international students on many innovative and sustainable approaches to different areas of local government. You can read a summary of the report here.

In April and October 2018, delegations from Berlin’s partner city visited various institutions in Berlin and held meetings with members of the Berlin House of Representatives and with Berlin’s Court of Auditors. The special focus here was on understanding the financial policy of Berlin’s federal states and making arrangements for celebrating our city partnership anniversary in 2019.

A delegation traveled to Jakarta for the Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business held from 1 to 3 November 2018. You can find more information on the trip and on the composition of the delegation on the website of StartUp AsiaBerlin.

In November 2018, three coaches from Berlin’s football association traveled to Jakarta to hold a seminar for youth football coaches there, giving hundreds of young people in Jakarta the chance to benefit from the training methods used in Berlin. However, this multiday seminar was not a one-way street. The Berlin coaches exchanged experiences with their colleagues in Jakarta and returned home with many new impressions. This exchange took place in the run-up to the anniversary tournament being held at Berlin’s Poststadion in the summer of 2019. Teams from Berlin, Jakarta, Tokyo, and Beijing will be playing in the tournament

An integrated expert will be sent to Jakarta in 2019 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, in cooperation with Berlin, and will work with the city administration there in the area of e-government.

You can find out more about planned activities and events under News. Past events are listed under Retrospective.