Jakarta (ANTARA) – The governments of Indonesia and Sweden have agreed to establish cooperation in the blue economy.
A joint statement on the cooperation agreement was written by Indonesia’s Minister of National Development Planning / the head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Suharso Monoarfa and Sweden’s Minister of Infrastructure Thomas Eneroth and Sweden’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Per Bolund in Stockholm on Monday (Oct. 25).
During two separate meetings, Minister Suharso discussed Indonesia’s plans to develop a blue economy as a new source of economic growth for an inclusive and sustainable Indonesia.
“Sweden and Indonesia share many opportunities and challenges in developing a blue economy as the basis for future economic development. Sweden has recently developed a strategy for the blue economy that includes a strategy for blue growth and marine spatial planning “, Suharso noted in a statement on Wednesday.
Blue economy is one of the strategies in Indonesia’s economic transformation currently being revised by the Ministry of National Development Planning / Bappenas.
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Ahead of the 2021 Climate Change Conference (COP26), Indonesia and Sweden agreed that the blue economy as an archipelago nation represents an enormous potential for economic activity that can be optimally utilized to drive COVID-19 recovery and economic transformation for inclusive and sustainable development.
“Indonesia and Sweden have agreed to develop a roadmap for a blue economy, as part of Indonesia’s efforts to accelerate economic transformation towards a more inclusive and sustainable development,” he confirmed.
The blue economy covers various sectors, including fisheries, marine product processing industry, marine logistics, trade, shipbuilding, marine tourism, biotechnology, renewable energy, water resource management and human resources including education and research, among others.
Indonesia and Sweden will begin implementing the Blue Economy collaboration under the Sweden-Indonesia Sustainability Partnership at the end of November 2021.
Leadership on the blue economy will be Indonesia’s theme at the G20 2022 event, making the blue economy one of the priorities for discussion at a G20 Development Working Group (DWG) meeting.
Suharso and the two Swedish ministers also discussed Indonesia’s plan to build a new national capital (IKN).
Sweden offered its support for developing a green, smart and sustainable city.
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