Luhut Explains Indonesia’s Strategy to Welcome National Maritime Day

Luhut Explains Indonesia’s Strategy to Welcome National Maritime Day
Luhut Explains Indonesia’s Strategy to Welcome National Maritime Day, JAKARTA – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut B. Pandjaitan has formulated a number of strategies for Indonesia in developing maritime affairs, which has been celebrated on the 58th National Maritime Day (HMN) which falls on September 23, 2022.

This year’s HMN commemoration has the theme “Resilient Maritime for Sustainable Development” with the slogan “Resilient Maritime, Strong Indonesia”.

Luhut also explained a number of strategies that can be carried out by Indonesia, namely through economic, political and cultural strategies. An economic strategy to explore and develop the maritime economic potential as much as possible for the welfare of the people in a just and equitable manner.

Then, political strategies are used to strengthen maritime sovereignty and resilience, as well as good maritime management. In addition, cultural strategies are also pursued to educate the nation’s life by advancing character and culture, as well as advancing human resources in line with the development of marine science and technology.

Not only that, the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries is reviewing the contribution of the maritime economy based on the new concept of the maritime economy by adopting the concept of maritime economics ocean account developing in the world.

“Hopefully in the near future we can find out the amount of Gross Domestic Product or Maritime GDP based on this understanding. Maritime GDP we need as base line which we will monitor its progress every year. Maritime GDP achievement will also be feedback maritime development that we will carry out in the future,” he explained, Friday (23/9/2022).

Meanwhile, a temporary study on the maritime economy conducted by BRIN and the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs estimated the value of Indonesia’s maritime GDP in 2020 at IDR 1,212 trillion or 11.31 percent of the national GDP which reached IDR 10,722 trillion. This value decreased by around Rp. 19 trillion from 2019 which reached Rp. 1,231 trillion.

This decline is thought to be the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, even though the value has decreased, its contribution has increased from 11.25 percent in 2019 to 11.3 percent in 2020. This is an indication that maritime affairs are strong enough to face global crises such as Covid-19.

In 2024, Luhut also stated that the first National Long-Term Development Plan (RPJPN) would end. Furthermore, the government will prepare a second RPJPN for the period 2025-2045. In this regard, although it is still struggling to control the Covid-19 pandemic, the government, he said, is compiling a roadmap so that future National Long-Term Development is inspired by the spirit of maritime development.

In order to reach a golden Indonesia in 2045, Luhut also invites all Indonesian people to restore Indonesia’s maritime glory as the Center of World Maritime Civilization. In realizing Indonesia’s vision, national development must be directed at maritime development, namely development activities through planning, implementation, and control taking into account Indonesia’s identity as a large archipelagic country.

“Everyone should pay great attention to maritime development. We begin by equating our understanding of the maritime field. Improving the nation’s literacy in the maritime sector is the first step. However, it should not be too long and stop there. We must continue with concrete actions to regain maritime glory. In fact, we are victorious in the sea,” he said.

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