The institute is currently organizing the 20th Short Education program and the 53th Regular Education program that has been held since the past few months.
During his lecture, VP Kalla spoke about national resilience in the maritime sector.
"When we speak about the maritime sector, there is a fundamental change in our thought process. In the past, we viewed Java and Kalimantan Islands separately. But, now, we have to reverse this thought process and focus on unifying Java and Kalimantan Islands," Kalla emphasized.
Indonesia, with two-thirds of its geographic territories as water, must build infrastructure in line with its maritime condition, he remarked.
The country must be able to develop means of sea transportation using big ships that are capable of carrying tens of thousands of containers in order to cut the transportation cost, he added.
"Some people have raised complaints as the cargo cost from Japan to Indonesia is cheaper than that from Jakarta to Papua or Maluku. It is because Japan has huge ships that could carry 10 thousand containers in a single trip," he stated.
He called on the education programs participants, mostly government officials, to be innovative in formulating policies.
Lemhannas Governor Budi Soesilo Supandji pointed out that the education programs are aimed at developing leadership qualities among the nations cadres to equip them to deal with domestic and global challenges.
As many as 117 officials, including representatives from Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Timor Leste, Myanmar, and Zimbabwe, are participating in the ongoing Regular Education program, which started on March 3.