Jakarta (ANTARA) - National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa, through his Instagram account @suharsomonoarfa, Friday, highlighted four strategic issues in maritime security after a meeting with the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla).

The first of these issues involves the existence of transnational crimes that still frequently occur in the Indonesian sea.

These include Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, armed piracy, narcotics smuggling, illegal trade, and human trafficking.

The second strategic issue concerns the potential vulnerability in Indonesia's sovereignty and sea navigation, such as the maritime border conflict that has not been resolved.

The next issue relates to resource competition and territorial claim.

"In relation to this third issue, resource, energy and mineral competition in the sea has increased, including creeping jurisdiction, such as China's claim in the North Natuna Sea," he remarked.

The fourth issue revolves around the matter of the sea trade route, sea transportation route, and interests in the Indian Ocean.

According to Monoarfa, Indonesia's strategic position at the crossroads between the Indian and Pacific oceans makes it a Sea Line of Trade (SLOT) and Sea Line of Communication (SLOC) for the international world.

This is the main global maritime line between seaports for trade routes, logistics, and navy mobilization, he explained.

"To anticipate these issues, Bakamla will develop a National Maritime Security System," the minister noted.

Through his Instagram account, Monoarfa also highlighted three government project achievements in the housing and residential infrastructure from 2020 to 2022.

The first is the one million urban flats project. The second involves the piped drinking water access project that reached 10 million house connections. The third revolved around the proper and safe sanitation access project.

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