Jakarta. Together with Sweden, Indonesia is working towards a sustainable and inclusive use of marine resources – also known as the blue economy.
Both countries issued a joint declaration on cooperation in the blue economy during the visit of the Minister for National Development Planning, Suharso Monoarfa to Sweden in October. Sweden also supports the creation of the Indonesian roadmap for the blue economy.
“Sweden has been identified as a strategic partner for the development of the Blue Economy Roadmap in line with the Indonesian national medium-term development plan 2020-2024,” said the Swedish Ambassador to Indonesia, Marina Berg, at a conference on Thursday.
The ocean is vital to the economy, well-being, and prosperity of both countries.
“A competitive, innovative and sustainable maritime sector can help increase employment, reduce environmental pollution and create an attractive living environment,” said Marina.
“Leadership in the blue economy will be an important issue for Indonesia during its G-20 presidency. [as] one of the priorities in the development working group, ”she added.
About two-thirds of Indonesia’s territory is made up of the ocean, which extends over 6.4 million square kilometers, according to Suharso. Indonesia has abundant economic potential in the ocean, ranging from fishing, tourism to marine industry and services.
“It is estimated that Indonesia’s marine economic potential could reach US $ 1.3 billion and provide jobs for 45 million people,” Suharso said in the same discussion.
The picturesque coral reefs are also vital to marine tourism, fishing, and coastal infrastructure development. Suharso revealed that sustainable coral reef management could generate an additional $ 37 billion for the Indonesian economy by 2030.
“Indonesia’s transition to a blue economy is expected to reduce the country’s economic dependence on extractive sectors,” the minister said.
The conference is part of the annual week of the Sweden-Indonesian Sustainability Partnership (SISP). Sweden places great emphasis on promoting sustainability in its diplomatic relations with Indonesia. According to Marina, Sweden is keen to further deepen its relations with Indonesia in this area.
“We see great opportunities for cooperation in further developing the sustainability agenda during the Indonesian G-20 presidency and also in 2023 when Sweden takes over the EU [European Union] Presidency and Indonesia as chairwoman of Asean, “said Marina at the start of SISP Week 2021 on Monday.