Leonardo A.A Teguh Sambodo
Jakarta, 15 Nov 2023— Senior Advisor for Leading Sectors and Infrastructure Development, pointed out that The National Development Planning Agency’s (Bappenas ) meeting, which is part of the 2023 ASEAN Blue Economy Forum, affirmed the commitment of Indonesia and other ASEAN member states to implement blue economy practices.
“The meeting was held as early as possible to discuss how ASEAN member states could collaborate in developing the blue economy,” said Teguh.
“Indonesia’s experience with the National Blue Agenda Action Partnership launched as part of the Ocean 20 agenda during the Indonesia’s G20 presidency in 2022 can serve as an example for the collaboration,” he said.
In parallel with the theme of “ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth”, National Development Planning Minister/Head of Bappenas Suharso Monoarfa encouraged ASEAN member states and development partners to work together to reap the various benefits of implementing the blue economy with respect to environmental conservation and protection, be it in land, coastal areas or oceans; sustainable growth; strengthening resilience; innovation and technology; or increasing resilience to climate change and natural disasters.
“The agenda is expected to ignite innovation and new opportunities for economic growth by consistently conserving coastal and ocean ecosystems through collaborative efforts and cooperation,” he said.
To demonstrate Indonesia’s commitment to the blue economy, Suharso officially launched the Indonesia Economy Road Map as part of the 2023 ASEAN Blue Economy Forum to offer development guidelines to support the achievement of the Indonesia 2045 Vision and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), contributing to a transition to a sustainable blue economy.
“Sustainable international collaboration in developing the blue economy is of paramount importance to support the sustainable utilization of maritime resources for global economic growth,” Teguh said.