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    Government Launches Indonesian Marine Data

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    BANDUNG - Indonesian Maritime Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said that so far Indonesia does not have complete data on mapping marine data. In fact, there are still many people who have not yet realized the importance of marine data.

    Many people do not understand how important the sea is, the sea is our future. For example, the Raja Ampat incident yesterday, they blame us, but now with the launch, we have complete data, the data has become an important power," Coordinating Minister Luhut said in his official statement in Bandung (08/10/2018)

    Coordinating Minister Luhut said that many of our marine potentials could be utilized with the help of accurate and accountable data.

    Therefore, he encouraged detailed mapping of the island, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning to map the outer islands. In addition, it is also necessary to map Indonesia's natural resource wealth.

    Luhut said that through several discussions with experts it was revealed that the Indonesian sea still had a lot of potential natural resources. There are European countries who invite to work together to manage sea beds mining, there are Japanese companies who want to cooperate for drilling in Natuna, but they ask for security guarantees.

    "I say to them this is our EEZ and we must also strengthen our law enforcement officers at sea," he said.

    In another part, he said it was important for Indonesia to have valid data so that it could be accounted for. The reason is that Indonesia's economic growth is very good in the position of 5.72 percent with GDP of 1.2 trillion USDM

    "All the data shows that our economy is good, the poverty rate also declined the first time in history, under 10 percent. So if someone says our poor are more than 100 million, it's a dream. Therefore, this data is very important now. "he explained

    Coordinating Minister Luhut reminded the importance of existence such as the Indonesian Navy's Geospatial Information and Pushidros Information Agency, because of the vastness of the country's territory with thousands of its islands, Coordinating Minister Luhut agreed that if there was a discourse to improve institutional capacity in this field it would be at the ministry level to facilitate its main tasks and functions to provide data accurate and accountable data in the field of marine geospatial information. (Even)

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