JAKARTADAILY.ID – The French Embassy in collaboration with the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment of the Republic of Indonesia will hold a special Discussion Group Forum (FGD) on Indonesia's maritime resilience among coastal communities and the outer islands.
The FDG, which will take place in Bali on 12 and 13 May, is held within the framework of the Indonesia-France bilateral maritime dialogue and describes the scope and depth of bilateral relations between the two countries.
"France and Indonesia share a common experience: enjoying a vast maritime domain, which has the potential for almost unlimited prosperity, but is faced with great responsibilities in terms of environmental, sustainability, safety, and security challenges," said French ambassador Olivier Chambard in an official statement, Thursday, May 12, 2022.
According to Ambassador Oliver, Indonesia is a long-standing and important partner for France in Southeast Asia, the oldest strategic partner in the region, as France re-engages with the region, within the framework of its Indo-Pacific strategy.
“Maritime resilience programs must be seen as part of a larger and integrated commitment at all levels, from communities to decision-makers at the national and local levels; from the aspirations of all stakeholders," added the Deputy for Coordination of Maritime Sovereignty and Energy, Basilio Dias Araujo.
This FGD brought together stakeholders from both countries: government offices, the scientific community, the private sector, and civil society organizations, to share best practices, research results, innovation trends, and successful investment practices aimed at increasing maritime resilience.
Discussions will focus on the two countries' shared priorities: strengthening maritime resilience while creating economic opportunities for coastal communities, meeting the training needs of seafarers, exploring best practices for harnessing the sustainable economic potential of marine energy, and developing maritime infrastructure connectivity and innovation, building maritime safety and security.
Experts from both countries will discuss the case of French Polynesia and lessons learned about developing maritime resilience in the region. French Polynesia, which consists of 117 islands in five islands in the South-Central Pacific Ocean, is of particular interest to experts from Indonesia.