ASIATODAY.ID, MANILA – The Indonesian Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Agency (BKSAP) attended the 31st Annual Meeting of Parliaments of Asia Pacific Countries (APPF) in Manila, Philippines, which took place on 23-26 November 2023.
In this forum, the Indonesian parliament proposed a resolution entitled “Enhance Maritime Security Cooperation” which seeks to increase maritime security cooperation.
“We have just finished holding an Excom Meeting, agreeing on various matters related to the agenda for us to discuss at subsequent committee meetings. “The most important thing is that Indonesia’s proposal included in the ‘Enhance Maritime Security Cooperation’ draft has been approved for discussion,” explained Achmad Hafisz Thohir after representing the Indonesian delegation at the APPF Excom Meeting at the Philippines Convention Center, Manila, Philippines, Thursday, November 23 2024.
Indonesia’s proposed resolution received full support from the delegations of countries present, including the Philippines as the host. So the delegates agreed that the draft proposal would be discussed further at the ‘Political and Security Working Group’, which would also be held today.
Ahmad Hafisz Thohir emphasized that Indonesia’s proposal entitled ‘Enhance Security Matters’ is based on the seas in the Asia Pacific region which occupy a strategic position as one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and is home to a large number of marine resources, including oil and natural gas reserves. , and fisheries, which support economic development.
However, in practice there are many challenges faced in this region. Starting from illegal fishing, naval operations, maritime piracy, illegal drug trafficking, illegal trade in wildlife and timber, human trafficking and human smuggling, as well as unresolved maritime disputes, especially in the East and South China Seas. Therefore, this draft proposal needs to be followed up and agreed upon as a resolution at the 31st APPF Annual Meeting.
“What we are proposing is increasing maritime security. “So this is very important for maritime security and stability, especially in the Asia Pacific region, because almost 60% is through maritime flows, and there are many challenges for us,” he concluded. (AT Network)
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