Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s government is attempting to encourage maritime cooperation among nations by holding the 2018 Our Ocean Conference (OOC) in Bali on Oct 29-30, according to a Foreign Affairs Ministry`s press statement received here, Saturday.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi and Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti highlighted Indonesia`s plan to host the 2018 OOC.

OOC 2018 will offer Indonesia an opportunity to confirm its commitment in the sustainable fisheries sector, sustainable blue economy, and maritime security.

This commitment is made through efforts to fight illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing; develop the economy and coastal shipment security; and uphold the sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia.

The 2018 OOC is one of Indonesia`s concrete commitments in implementing maritime diplomacy and the vision of making the nation a "World Maritime Axis."

This conference is expected to result in measured, real, and sustainably impacted commitments for maritime cooperation among countries.

The 2018 OOC will not only involve government actors but also multi-stakeholders, including the private sector, academics, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, youth, and practitioners in the marine sector.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, are preparing various aspects of the 2018 OOC meeting. Topics of maritime diplomacy, maritime economy, maritime security, and climate change will be some of the issues to be discussed at this conference.
Editing by Sri Haryati

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