Open Forum: “2015 Indonesian Maritime Policy & Economic Outlook”

Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
Washington, DC

“Indonesia will become the world’s maritime axis, a force that navigates two oceans, as a maritime nation that is prosperous and authoritative,” (speech by President Joko Widodo at the ASEAN Summit in Myanmar November 2014)
The World Maritime Axis is to make Indonesia a large, strong and prosperous maritime country through returning Indonesia’s identity as a maritime nation, safeguarding interests and maritime security, empowering all maritime potential for the nation’s prosperity, equitable distribution of Indonesia’s economy through sea tolls, and carrying out deep maritime diplomacy Indonesia’s foreign policy for the next five years. For this reason maritime development practices and processes are needed in various aspects, such as politics, socio-culture, defense, infrastructure, and especially the economy.
Let’s look at two speakers, experts in the field of marine security and economics who will explore strategic steps towards the World Maritime Axis. On this occasion, Mr. Ronald Waas will explore the Indonesian economy in 2015.
Here are the speakers at this open forum:

Mr. Admiral (ret) Dr. Marsetio, M.M *

The best graduate of AAL Bumimoro in 1981 was the Chief of Staff of the Navy who served from December 17, 2012 to December 31, 2014. Previously, the doctorate graduated from Gadjah Mada University served as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Navy. The initiator of the development program for human resource education in the Navy succeeded in aligning the Indonesian Navy as a “World Class Navy” predicate. In the book he wrote, “Sea Power”, he suggested that sea power has a central role in determining Indonesia in the global arena by using and controlling the sea (sea control) and preventing opponents by using it (sea denial).
* To be confirmed

Mr. Ir. Ronald Waas, MIA, Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia in Payment System and Bank Supervision.

During his career at Bank Indonesia since 1981, graduates of the Bandung and Columbia University Institute of Technology have served as Directors of the Information Technology Directorate, Director of Information Management Special Unit and Director of Accounting and Payment Systems before becoming the 2011 Deputy Governor. Jobs, “Apple on every desk,” an expert on payment systems and information technology has an active role in bringing banks closer to Indonesian society where finance will become an inclusive condition, meaning touching all levels of society and no more parties untouched by the financial sector, such as fishermen whose working capital needs are still dominated by middlemen with strangling flowers. For this reason, banking access and financing for fishermen, especially in remote areas, can be penetrated through branchless banking that uses mobile phone-based technology.