Minister Luhut: Collaboration among Countries in Pacific Region Needs to be Strengthened

Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said cooperative between Indonesia and countries in South Pacific region must be immediately improved. The statement was made when he was speaking in Indonesia-Pacific Parliamentary Partnership (IPPP) meeting on Human Development and Maritime Sustainability, Monday, 24 July 2018, in Jakarta.

Minister Luhut said that in addition to significant economy growth and strategic location, Indonesia was enjoying a long, historical relation with countries in South Pacific area. Thus far, the direction of the country’s development isn’t just limited on western side of it, but also moves to the eastern part of the country that is adjacent to the countries in South Pacific region.

In front of parliamentary delegates from 14 countries in Pacific region, such as Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Island, Solomon Island, Palau, and others, Minister Luhut invited all of them directly looking at the development in the eastern part of Indonesia.

“I think we can play our roles well, in the next meeting to be held in Papua. I will invite all of the delegates to see what we have done there. The point is seeing is believing, we must try improving the welfare of the people there, putting more attention on human rights issues and enhancing education quality there,” he said as quoted from Information and Law Bureau, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime, Sunday (23/7).

The minister also said Blue Carbon Economy matter and natural and human resources development would highlight the planned improved collaboration. According to him, there are three essential things need to be emphasized, which are economy development in coastal areas, sea ecosystem conservation and social life of the people living in that areas.

“Blue carbon economy concept is very relevant with would-be executed plans. We must truly believe that this problem can be immediately solved. In addition to promoting sustainable growth, Indonesia at this moment also puts high attention on sustainable environment, marine and fishery matters that are very important for people living in the areas,” he said.

“At last, I am very pleased and proud that we can meet in this forum. The collaboration between Indonesia and countries in Pacific is very important in our regard. I believe we can move faster in this cooperative after three or four decades our movement slows down, but now we want to improve it,” he said.

The meeting is held by the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia in 23-24 July 2018. The forum is opened by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs AM Fachir, Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives for Politic and Security Affairs Fadli Zon and representatives from other ministries and institutions.

The forum aims at enabling Indonesia’s parliamentary and that of the countries in South Pacific region exchanging thoughts and looking for solutions over various international issues faced by the region that will later protect national interest of each country, improve development and also welfare of each of them.



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