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A development-oriented Global Maritime Fulcrum

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 5, 2019   /  11:28 am
A development-oriented Global Maritime Fulcrum President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (front right) talks to Maritime Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (front left) and other ministers during the soft launching ceremony of the Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java on May 24. (Antara/M Agung Rajasa )

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Global Maritime Fulcrum (GMF) is far more than just a maritime policy: It is a grand strategy that encompasses economic, foreign policy and security statecraft. The emphasis has shifted according to reverberations between domestic and international priorities. When the GMF was launched at the 2014 East Asian Summit in Myanmar, at its core was a narrative of development. The GMF targeted to build infrastructure and connect the country through the development of jalan tol laut (maritime highways) and 24 ports, including five deep sea ports. Indeed, for the world’s largest archipelagic nation, Indonesia has underdeveloped maritime infrastructure. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Competitiveness Report on port infrastructure quality, Indonesia scored 4.0, behind Malaysia at 5.4, Singapore at 6.7...

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