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Holding the First Island Countries Meeting, the Government Appoints Bali as the Location for the 2023 AIS Forum Summit

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Bali – Bali Province will host the Archipelagic and Islands States Forum (AIS) Summit on 10-11 October 2023.

Head of the AIS Forum Secretariat, Riny Modaso, explained that this AIS Forum High Level Conference was a mandate from the fourth ministerial level meeting of the AIS Forum which was held in Bali on December 5 2022.

Furthermore, according to the direction of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in a cabinet meeting, he said that the AIS Forum Summit would be held on 10-11 October 2023 in Bali and would invite dozens of countries participating in the AIS forum.

He emphasized that one of the main focuses of the AIS Forum Summit was to discuss issues related to maritime affairs, including problems such as climate change which is causing sea levels to rise.

“The first to be faced with this problem are of course island and archipelagic countries. “This is where the AIS Forum sees that there needs to be a collective effort to overcome this issue,” said Riny.

Climate change, with its detrimental effects, is one of the issues most felt by island and archipelagic countries. In this context, the AIS Forum sees the need for collective cooperation to find a solution to this problem.

As the first island nation meeting forum, the AIS Summit aims to strengthen the foundation and framework for cooperation, opening new opportunities for collaboration and participation to overcome global problems, such as climate change and handling plastic waste.

Separately, Deputy for Coordination of Maritime Sovereignty and Energy, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, Jodi Mahardi assessed that countries consisting of islands routinely face various special and complex challenges, including environmental problems, the impact of climate change, security aspects in the region. sea, as well as effective natural resource management efforts.

“No one can understand the seriousness and complexity of the problems we (AIS countries) face better than the island and archipelagic countries themselves,” explained Jodi.

Jodi also highlighted the importance of the AIS Forum as a platform that allows island countries to contribute to finding solutions to global problems.

“This forum belongs to all island and archipelagic countries in the world, regardless of size, location and level of economic development,” he added.

Regarding the implementation, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has signed a Presidential Decree (Keppres) concerning the National Committee to Organize the 2023 AIS Summit. In the Presidential Decree which Jokowi signed on September 11 2023, appointed the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, to be the Chairperson Responsible for the Division. Substance. There is

The task of the national committee is to prepare and determine a master plan, including determining the theme and agenda for the series of activities for holding the 2023 AIS Forum Summit, compiling and determining work plans and budgets, making preparations, monitoring, evaluating and compiling reports on holding the 2023 AIS Forum Summit. .

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