More than 300 ethnic groups make Indonesia’s unique cultures, geography, and history, with two thirds of the population reside in Java, one of 17,000 islands in the archipelago.  Around 9.4% of the population lived below the national poverty line (ADB – 2019). The country’s real GDP growth remained broadly stable at 5.1 percent during the first quarter of 2019. Despite global volatility, Indonesia’s economy has grown at a consistent pace with quarterly GDP growth remaining between 4.9 to 5.3 percent over the past 3 years (World Bank). The country's top three products include oil and natural gas, coal, and tin for mineral resources; rice, palm oil, and coffee for agricultural products; and processed rubber, plywood, and textiles for manufactured products.
about Indonesia

country facts

  • Surface: 1,892,410.09 km2
  • Population: 278.7 million (2023)
  • Capital: Jakarta

Swisscontact in Indonesia

  • Since 1974



Initial vocational education and training, Upskilling and Reskilling
Swiss Skills for Competitiveness (SS4C)
SS4C is to strengthen the incentives and capacities of public and private dual vocational education and training (dVET) providers at the micro- and meso-level so that the skills of graduates match the needs of industry, thereby improving small and medium enterprises’ (SMEs) productivity and contributing to more competitive SMEs in Indonesia competing on the global market. 
Sustainable agriculture
Sustainable Landscape Program Indonesia 
The purpose of the LASR Project is to foster climate-resilient economic development in the largest natural reserve in Northern Sumatra Island, the Leuser Ecosystem, through a jurisdictional landscape approach. 
Sustainable tourism
Sustainable Tourism Destination Development
Tourism is an important part of the Indonesian economy and a significant source of employment and foreign exchange earnings.Recognizing the potential of tourism as driver for economic development and inclusive growth, since 2009, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) has actively supported the Ministry of Tourism & Creative...
Sustainable agriculture
Stronger Coffee Initiative
The aim of the project is to co-create a farmer engagement model for Louis Dreyfus Company’s newly launched Stronger Coffee Initiative that will ultimately increase farmer prosperity. To achieve this goal, the project involves optimized data collection tools, farmer data analysis and conception of coaching and trainings.
Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Colombia, Indonesia, Morocco, North Macedonia, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, Tunisia, Vietnam
Trade, Initial vocational education and training, Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable tourism
Swiss Import Promotion Programme
The Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is a well-established mandate of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) within the framework of its economic development cooperation. As for the new investment phase (2017-2020), SIPPO is carried out by Swisscontact.The overall objective of the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is...


Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam
Southeast Asia Regional Report 2023 - 2024
Southeast Asia is one of the most dynamic regions of the world, experiencing long periods of economic progress and poverty reduction. Regional prosperity is based on private sector growth, foreign investment and outward looking policies on trade, tourism and migration. In the region, we work with governments in areas like regenerative agriculture, export promotion and dual vocational training. In doing so, we amplify our results through working with the private sector in adapting new business models to include disadvantaged groups of society, raising skills standards in key sectors such as agriculture mechanisation, entrepreneurship promotion and hospitality. This is what we achieved in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam in 2023.
Initial vocational education and training, Upskilling and Reskilling
Inspiring Inclusion for Women’s Skills Development in Male-dominated Sectors in Indonesia
Through its enterprise and skills development projects, Swisscontact has been fostering more equal access to career opportunities, which plays a significant part in promoting economic growth. In Indonesia, this is being done through the Skills for Competitiveness project, which has trained 301 female students out of a total of 873 graduates studying male-associated subjects.
Initial vocational education and training, Upskilling and Reskilling
Indonesian Tourism Polytechnic Lecturers Ready to Become Agents of Change after Certification with SHL Switzerland 
Swisscontact’s Sustainable Tourism Education Development (STED) project in Indonesia has recently concluded its three-part Lecturer Capacity Building Programme with a Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB) certificate examination in Bali earlier this year. The certification exam was the first one to ever be held outside of Switzerland. 


Commodities and corporate engagement: Building on links to the private sector as well as define and test new tools and approaches. The Sustainable Cocoa Production Program (SCPP) was the largest Public Private Partnership development program of its kindfor one single commodity in Indonesia, funded by multi donors and privates contribution, in which SECO is the main funder, and collaborates with 9 local and multinational cocoa and chocolate companies. Its became a centre of excellence and adopted by relevant cocoa sector to continue its good practices. Its legacy creates continuous innovation that can be adopted to other commodities and partnership programs.   

Sustainable Tourism (SUSTOUR) Destination Development and recovery: Supports an Inclusive and sustainable tourism development, strengthen the policy framework to be more conducive for the growth of sustainable tourism, stimulates the demand for sustainable tourism products and services through partnership with national and international tour-operators and business development service providers. 

Vocational Education and Training: The Sustainable Tourism Education Development (STED) to creates a qualified workforce through a demand driven education to ensure that graduates meet the standards required by the tourism sector. The Skills for Competitiveness (S4C) supports the poly partners to be efficiently managed and educate technicians, as needed by the private sector, on the establishment of management systems and development of training approaches based on the Swiss dual VET system.  

Indonesian-Swiss Intellectual Property Project (ISIP) enhancing competitiveness in Indonesia by strengthening intellectual property rights, emphasis on making geographical indications economically sustainable, and on supporting Indonesia’s creative industry. 

The Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) aims to integrate developing and transition countries into world trade. Targeted export promotion services delivered through Business Support Organizations (BSOs) strengthen the competitive position and facilitate market access and exports of companies in partner countries to Switzerland, the EU and regional markets. 

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