Minister Urges Passage of Long-Stalled Maritime Law
Fidelis E. Satriastanti
The maritime affairs and fisheries minister vowed on Wednesday to push for the passage of a maritime law mired at the House of Representatives for eight years.
Minister Sharif Cicip Sutardjo said the law had become the victim of official turf wars, but promised to coordinate with the 12 ministries that have a stake in the legislation to get it passed.
The proposed legislation would help advance the interests of the maritime sector, he said, which is why it is important to ensure the necessary cooperation to guarantee its passage.
“Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelagic county,” he said.
“The ‘blue economy’ that is being promoted by the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry is the appropriate strategy in materializing national development based on the sea.”
Sharif, a Golkar Party politician, identified the 12 other government ministries and institutions he said he would seek to cooperate on the legislation’s passage.
They are the ministries of defense, transportation, energy and mineral resources, tourism, industry, trade, finance, public works, forestry and the environment, as well as the National Police and the Navy.