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Indonesia and Germany Sign Joint Declaration on Health Sector Cooperation

Indonesian Minister of Health Mr. Budi Gunadi Sadikin (kemkes)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Health of Germany have conducted an online ceremony for the signing of the Joint Declaration on Health Cooperation on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

The Joint Declaration was established to strengthen friendly relations between the two countries, and to promote health cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit and mutual respect. This is the first health cooperation agreement between the two countries.

The joint declaration will focus on areas such as healthcare, disease prevention and control, public health, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, as well as human capital development in the health sector.

The Joint Declaration was signed by Minister of Health Mr. Budi Gunadi Sadikin and State Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Health of Germany Sabine Weiss, MdB. Further specific details on cooperative activities, projects and programs will be arranged in a separate arrangement by the Joint Working Group (JWG).

"We hope that the implementation of the JD (joint decree) can provide the most beneficial results for both countries, as the Covid-19 pandemic has provided us with important experience, and international cooperation will bring us together to successfully combat this pandemic," said Minister of Health Budi, as quoted from the Ministry of Health's website.

Secretary of the State Parliament of the Ministry of Health of Germany Sabine Weiss said that she was pleased that the good relations between the two countries were now being strengthened in the field of health cooperation through the signing of the Joint Declaration.

"Looking at the challenges of the future, Indonesia and Germany can learn a lot from each other and achieve many things together. I am specifically thinking about preventing and controlling diseases and managing the COVID 19 pandemic," she said.

The current pandemic is a significant challenge for all countries in the world, and puts extra pressure on the health sector. However, the Indonesia-Germany Joint Declaration will definitely go beyond the COVID-19 issue. This will also form the basis of future cooperation in the development of health services and health-related technology.

In addition, the Indonesian Ambassador to Germany Arif Havas Oegroseno said that medical equipment and pharmaceuticals will be two of Indonesia's seven priority sectors during the upcoming Hannover Messe 2021, in which Indonesia will be a partner country. 

Hannover Messe is an exhibition that focuses on a variety of current issues of technology and manufacturing industry solutions, including the application of technology in the 4th industrial revolution.

"I want to see lots of business and investment deals between German and Indonesian healthcare technology companies," he said.

Meanwhile, German Ambassador to Indonesia Dr. Peter Schoof said the Joint Declaration on Health Cooperation was very important for mutual benefit. This is taken into account especially against the backdrop of the current pandemic, which clearly shows that everyone can all win when joining forces.

"German scientists will be excited to learn from the Indonesian experience and vice versa. German companies are ready to play a role in modernizing Indonesia's health system, as we also encourage Indonesian companies to market their innovations in Germany," Schoof added.