Jakarta – Indonesia is a maritime country with waters reaching ⅔ of the total area of the entire country. The total area of Indonesian waters consists of 3.25 million KM² of ocean, and 2.55 million KM² of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This is considered as a great potential for Indonesia to be able to advance its economy, one of which is by becoming a World Maritime Axis.
Making Indonesia the World Maritime Axis (PMD) is Indonesia’s foreign policy agenda that is realized by maximizing the maritime potential that Indonesia possess. To help offer a choice of geostrategic concepts in achieving these goals, Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) Rear Admiral (Ret.) Untung Suropati, Dr. Ian Montratama, and Yohanes Sulaiman, Ph.D., wrote a book titled “Indonesia Inc .: Road Map to the World Maritime Axis”, published by Elex Media Komputindo.
Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) Rear Admiral (Ret.) Untung Suropati is a Retired Navy High-ranking Officer who is currently active as a Professional Staff in the National Management System, Indonesia National Resilience Institute (Lemhanas). Meanwhile, Dr. Ian Montratama is an academic who currently teaches at the International Relations Study Program at Pertamina University and Yohanes Sulaiman, Ph.D is a lecturer who actively teaches at the International Relations Study Program at the General Achmad Yani University. The collaboration of the three writers who are experts in their specific field makes this book an excellent guide that can help provide a map overview that will bring Indonesia towards the World Maritime Axis.
Pertamina University International Relations Study Program had the opportunity to host the launch of this book. In the book launch, experts in each field were presented to provide sharing sessions and illustrate the content of the book. The experts who were present consist of Atmadji Sumarkidjo, Special Staff for Politics and Media, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs; Dr. Siswo Pramono, Head of the Agency for Policy Research and Development (BPPK), Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Ir. Arifin Rudiyanto, MSc., Deputy for Maritime and Natural Resources, Ministry of National Planning and Development (BAPPENAS); Alban Sciascia, Ph.D., Asian Center Paris Researcher; and Dr. (C) Asep Setiawan, Head of Media Research Center, PT. Indonesian Television Media. The activity was held at the Griya Legita Auditorium, Pertamina University Complex, Simprug, and was attended by invited guests as well as the Pertamina University academic community.
“This book has made a major contribution to Indonesian diplomacy, especially in the aspect of maritime-based foreign policy development.” Siswo Pramono, Head of the Agency for Policy Research and Development (BPPK), Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated.