JAKARTADAILY.ID – Three German companies, BASF, Erament, and Volkswagen Group via PowerCo, have expressed their interest in investing in the development of an electric vehicle battery industry ecosystem in Indonesia.
He added that this collaboration guarantees the creation of new job opportunities in Indonesia and is expected to improve Indonesia's economic balance.
It is known from the BASF Indonesia website that BASF has been investing in Indonesia since 1976. Currently, BASF's solutions support Indonesia's main industries, including agriculture, nutrition, and health. This global company also develops household and personal care products.
In 2020, BASF recorded sales of around €416 million to customers in Indonesia and employed 562 employees by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, after sending off the annual exodus of travelers in the Mudik Bersama BUMN program in the Senayan area of Jakarta on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, Erick expressed the uncertain economic conditions in Germany and European countries.
This can be seen, among other things, from its high inflation rate, which has caused the prices of goods and energy to rise.
"Inflation is very high. For example, a cup of coffee used to be 2 euros, now it's 3.5 euros. And electricity, if a house used to cost several thousand euros, now it can triple," Erick said.
According to him, Europe is experiencing economic difficulties because it adopts an open economic system. This is different from Indonesia, which adopts an economic system that allows the government to help when the economy faces challenges.
"The difference with Indonesia is that the government is present. The president is very concerned about the issues that occur in society," he said.