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2023 AIS Summit in Bali: Concrete Evidence that Indonesia is Trusted by Island and Island Countries to Become the World Maritime Axis

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Jakarta – Professor at the Indonesian Christian University (UKI) Prof. Angel Damayanti said that Indonesia’s trust in hosting the 2023 AIS Summit in Bali is clear proof that Indonesia is trusted by island and archipelagic countries as the world’s maritime axis.

Indonesia will become the world’s maritime axis, which means that Indonesia must be seen, must be seen by countries so that it can become a branch marking or become a reference that archipelagic countries or island countries must have capability indicators that can be used as examples by other countries, for example in particular Indonesia is capable in managing its seas, managing its marine economy, managing its marine environment, building its maritime culture, building its maritime defense. “This is very strategic because Indonesia is able to show itself as a maritime axis,” said Prof Angel Damayanti during a dialogue on Pancasila TV, Saturday 7/10/2023.

Furthermore, Prof. Angel said that hosting the 2023 AIS Forum Summit was proof that Indonesia was seen as an archipelagic country and was capable of hosting international conferences. This means that Indonesia’s reputation is seen as very positive, because it is able to hold a high-level conference and Indonesia is also recognized as an archipelagic country.

Indonesia hosting the 2023 AIS Forum Summit could have a big impact on the economy, which means boosting the economies in the Bali area, for example, hotels are fully occupied and other creative economies can be promoted. “For me, this is very positive for improving Indonesia’s image and economy, of course,” he explained.

The AIS Forum Summit had a positive impact on Indonesia because it was proven that Indonesia had a very important role, Indonesia was also involved in discussing issues regarding the sea or maritime affairs as well as various problems faced by island and archipelagic countries in facing various existing potential threats. at sea, he said.

Indonesia has enormous potential. From the surface of the sea it can be used as energy, while from deep in the sea marine biota can be used to earn a living such as fish, shrimp, crabs, lobsters, etc. Then, there is more from the seabed, such as natural gas and oil. “Then the beach can be used for the creative economy, tourism will develop rapidly,” he explained.

“If it is not maintained properly, if it is not managed properly, it would be a shame, in the future we could lose the opportunity to enjoy our own sea. “Indonesia is very rich in maritime potential, but we must equip the human resources capacity of our navy and the human resources of our community to be able to maintain maximum maritime security so that our people can enjoy that prosperity,” he concluded.

“The most important thing, especially for the AIS Forum participating countries, is to equalize perceptions about how to maintain the safety and cleanliness of the marine environment, because our seas are related to the livelihoods of many people, such as livelihoods for coastal communities, being trade routes and shipping routes, especially at this time of dependence. “exports and imports are very high so that healthy, sustainable seas can be realized,” he said.

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