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Return to IMO poses challenges, opportunities for Indonesia

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 3 2019   /  12:36 am

Indonesia’s reelection to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) over the weekend may come as a small victory for the nation’s maritime ambitions, but experts have warned that it should be complemented by a robust local industry, especially amid a slowdown in global maritime trade growth.At the IMO biennial Assembly session in London last week, Indonesia scored a double win by being reelected to the global maritime body’s Category C council for the 2020-2021 term, while the nation’s Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) won the nomination to become the IMO’s external auditor for three years beginning next year.Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said that Indonesia had secured 39 votes out of 165 countries involved in the election of the council members in Category C, which would allow the nation to take part in the IMO’s decision-making process.Category C co...