Jakarta, IORA – President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo highlighted that the Indian Ocean is the future ocean and the future of the world lies in the ocean region that stretches from southern Asia to the Antarctic.
This was enunciated by President Jokowi in the inauguration of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Business Summit at Cenderawasih 2 Room of the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Jakarta, Monday (3/6). “To that end, Indonesia wants to strengthen the maritime axis to be linked with the IORA,” said President Jokowi before the delegates of the IORA member states.
President Jokowi stated that Indonesia needs the full participation of all IORA member states, especially those who have business skills to seek solutions to existing opportunities and challenges in the Indian Ocean region.
President Jokowi explained that the Indian Ocean is a very large area and this triggers a lot of challenges ahead. “However, as I was once a businessman, so I am aware that any challenges create opportunities for business people, that is the business opportunity,” the President said.
President Jokowi noted that half way of the containers and two-thirds of energy tanker shippings pass through the Indian Ocean region and there are 2.7 billions of people who live in the Indian Ocean region.
Therefore, President Jokowi invites all of the IORA member states to seek solutions to the challenges facing the Indian Ocean region including those facing the small and medium enterprises’ businessman, women, and youth.
President Jokowi highlighted the importance of technology-based model business which is attractive and promising for investment. “It is the government’s responsibility to ensure that the communication infrastructure is built well, the 3G, 4G, and later 5G network, as well as fiber optic channeling bandwidth in large amount with efficient price,” he said.
President Jokowi put emphasis that the Indonesian government is ready to reduce the obstacles that hamper the business world starting from licensing problems to regulations and to lower the corruption index. “We are willing to cooperate with the IORA member states so that we can bring the best from the latest technology to the business groups and to the youth in the IORA member states,” the President said. President Jokowi also officially inauguarated the IORA Business Summit which will take place from March 6 to 7, 2017. (LT/MUR)