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DEE 2018: Achieving SDGs Through Maritime Power

“Indonesia needs to optimize the economy at sea,” said Agung Suryamal Sutrisno, the head of the West Java Chamber of Commerce who was one of the speakers at the National Development Economic Event (DEE) 2018. This event was held by the Development Economics Study Program of Parahyangan Catholic University Student Association (HMPSEP Unpar), on Friday (27/4) in the Bale Pasundan room, Bank Indonesia building, Bandung.

Agung reiterated the development of several sectors such as fisheries and aquaculture in Indonesia which are getting more and more intense competition from competitors in Vietnam and Thailand. “When our fishermen are looking for fish, they (the competitors) are already catching! It’s because of their technology. Their technology already uses GPS so it’s not a matter of hide and seeks. Compare that to our fishermen. Sometimes they look to fish in the sea but often times catch nothing. If this the fact, how can we compete ? “he added.

Kadin as a strategic trading partner of the government will play a collaborative role in providing access to capital as well as the development of the maritime industry. Although Bandung city does not have a beach, Agung believes that Bandung as the capital of West Java province is able to channel investment to marine areas in West Java in support of economic development.

The discussion continued to economic development in a maritime context. According to the speakers who presented the material, in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), synergic coordination between the business world, academics and the government is required. This was also emphasized by Syachman Perdymer who served as the assistant director of monetary policy at Bank Indonesia. According to him, various efforts made by the government such as the construction of rapid trains, ports in Patiban and airfields in some other places should be utilized by the private sector in investing and open new businesses that can adapt the development to become an advantage.

In the event, there were also academicians from various Economics faculties on Java (island) ranging from students of Maranatha Christian University of Bandung to a number of students from the Department of Economics at the University of Indonesia.

“It was very interesting. The speakers have the characteristics and experiences that interest me, “said Oliver Timothy, a student of Economics, University of Indonesia class of 2015 who found out about this event through the official account of the DEE event in the LINE application.

In addition, this event attracted students who do not study economics, Muhammad Arifin Dobson for example. “I was invited by the LKM/Student Council President (Unpar). But I myself am interested because maritime affairs are very important for the future of Indonesia as well as me as a member of the younger generation who wants to contribute. From this event I know the next step, “said the vice president of Unpar PM students. Arifin said that this event is very useful for him although (he is) not a reviewer of economic policy, this is because as a natural science (physics) experimentalist he was developing the design of an anti-fire ship made of cement. When he revealed this to the speakers through a question and answer session, Agung responded enthusiastically, “We are indeed looking for students and academics who can innovate for the nation. There will be several events that bring together stakeholders including academics, you can take your idea there, “responsive to respond to Arifin’s idea.