Foreign Affairs/US-Indonesia Relations

Kerry Commends Indonesia on Oceans

Former United States secretary of state, John Kerry, has commended Indonesia for its efforts on tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and emphasized that issues relating to the ocean are a global security challenge. “Indonesia has been one of the most important countries in the world to hold other nations accountable for the abuse of entering exclusive economic zones and fishing illegally,” Kerry told reporters after a meeting with Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti on the sidelines of the recent 2018 Our Ocean Conference in Bali. “This is a security challenge for the planet and we need to treat it with much greater effect,” he added. Kerry, who is now a “visiting distinguished statesman” at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, initiated the Our Ocean Conference in 2014, while serving as secretary of state.

Chief of Naval Operation in Indonesia

Admiral John Richardson gave a relationship-building address in Jakarta October 31 underlining the growing importance of the US-Indonesia Strategic Partnership. In an address arranged by USINDO, Richardson discussed the critical importance of a “rules-based international order that underpins the global maritime economy”. Other highlights from his remarks:

  • Amount of sea traffic over past 6,000 years has seen a quadrupling in just the last 25.
  • Sea cables carry 99% of data globally. Only 3% of this can be reconstituted via satellite and radios.
  • US-Indonesia naval exercise successfully build the partnership critical for disaster relief, economic security, and protection from high-end security threats
  • protein and carbohydrate consumption from sea products has increased 20% in last 5 years.
  • Most of the world’s mega cities are close to the sea.