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Jakarta Post

Realizing the global maritime fulcrum policy

  • I Made Andi Arsana
    I Made Andi Arsana

    Lecturer at the Department of Geodetic Engineering, Gadjah Mada University

Yogyakarta   /   Fri, December 15, 2017   /  08:38 am
Realizing the global maritime fulcrum policy Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti paddles on her board at the Padamarang tourist destination in Kolaka regency, Southeast Sulawesi on March 21. ( Sultan)

What if former prime minister Djuanda did not declare on Dec. 13, 1957 that maritime space between Indonesian islands belongs to Indonesia? What if the international community did not accept Indonesia’s declaration? We should thank Djuanda Kartawidjaja for his bravery in making the unprecedented move and for the endurance of his team to fight for the international community’s acceptance of the declaration. Six decades after the Djuanda Declaration, where is Indonesia in terms of ocean management? President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo introduced his vision to transform Indonesia into a global maritime fulcrum, or poros maritim dunia. When he first used the term in a presidential debate, most people were surprised, with many speculating about what it actually meant. The establishment of the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister was the first official s...

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