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Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s maritime needs outward looking approach

  • Pranoto Iskandar and Beth Lyon


Montreal/Ithaca   /   Wed, January 27 2021   /  01:00 am
Slavery: A 2018 documentary titled 'Ghost Fleet' centers on human trafficking in Thailand’s fishing industry that takes viewers from Bangkok in Thailand to Maluku, an island just west of Papua in Indonesia. (Courtesy of Vulcan productions/-)

Over the past few years, Indonesia has been paying increasing attention to maritime issues. As the world’s largest archipelagic state, Indonesia aspires to be “the axis of the world’s maritime.” The recent arrest of a then-maritime affairs and fisheries minister presents an opportunity to take stock of progress toward that aspiration. It is important to start by understanding the gravity of today’s maritime issues. For a start, domestic maritime issues are no longer domestic. The integration of the world market, technological development, and the world’s swelling and mobile population all decrease the effectiveness of domestic governance in domestic maritime affairs. Maritime industries are global and require supranational governance. Second, the human consequences of weak governance are disastrous. For example, not only is the fishing industry a...