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Indonesia, ASEAN and the Indo-Pacific (Part 2 of 2)

  • Rizal Sukma

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 30 2019   /  12:29 am

Five years ago, on Oct. 20, 2014, in his inaugural speech, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo declared, “We have to work hard to rebuild Indonesia as a maritime nation. We have far too long turned our back on the seas, the oceans, the straits, and the bays. It is time to turn everything around so that in the sea we will triumph.” Jalasveva Jayamahe! It is a simple proclamation. Yet, it carries a powerful message. It reminds all Indonesians that we were once a maritime power. It declares that it is now our duty to reclaim that identity. This idea was then articulated in greater detail at the ninth East Asia Summit (EAS) in Myanmar in November 2014.In his speech, President Jokowi clearly explained how Indonesia would transform itself into a Global Maritime Fulcrum (GMF), by focusing on the five pillars of the GMF: maritime culture, maritime resources, maritime infrastructure and connec...