"Indonesia`s economy has experienced several changes in President Joko Widodo`s government, from 4.7 percent to some 5.2 percent," Panjaitan remarked in a press release from the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, received by Antara here on Tuesday night.
The minister noted that the national economic growth was inseparable from the government`s attention to some of the aspects considered important, such as "blue carbon" and mangrove forests in Indonesia.
Furthermore, Panjaitan added that the Government of Indonesia was concerned about blue carbon, as mangrove forests in Indonesia made up one-fourth of the world`s mangroves.
"To this end, I can say that Indonesia has a significant contribution to blue carbon, and the country is now actively replanting some 15 percent of mangroves that have been damaged," Panjaitan remarked.
According to the minister, the government continues to take action instead of giving empty promises.
In addition to highlighting mangroves, Panjaitan spoke of "marine debris" for which some 67 cities are being supervised.
"Some people may remind us of the marine debris problem but never ever teach us about the problem, as we know it quite well. We can identify the problem and seek out the solution well," Panjaitan added.
Reporting by Muhammad Razi Rahman, Otniel Tamindael
Editing by Fardah Assegaf