ICMD 2015 – Brief Description



Indonesia have declared itself will become the world maritime axis under the leadership of elected president 2014-2019. It means the transformation of Indonesia five years forward will be placed on maritime strength as national development foundation. Therefore, either through geographical or non-geographical, it will happen development paradigm shift from continent-based to maritime-based which covers some development aspects such as politic, economy, social, culture, law, security and defense.

Geographical configuration of Indonesia as the biggest archipelagic country in the world has carpeted the width of 5.8 million km of sea, 3.2 million km2 of territorial sea, 2.7 million km2 with total length of Indonesia coastline 54.716 km which is spreading out as long as Indian Ocean, Strait of Malacca, South China Sea, Java Sea, Celebes Sea, Molucca Sea, Pacific Ocean, Arafura Sea, Timor Sea, and other small regions. The comparison of territorial sea area with ZEE equals to 2:3. This represents the objective condition of geographical potencies as basic policy determination of political development of Indonesia to become a maritime axis. Geographical premises of Indonesian archipelago which is between Pacific and Indian Ocean and also between Asia and Australia Continent stores abundant natural resources potencies, either in land, sea, or air. These will be able to be exploited to develop Indonesian strength as the world maritime axis.

Historically, in fact, Indonesia realizes that the incredible geographical potencies have drawn wide attention to the world. Particularly, the trend of global economics growth shows a shift from Europe/America to Asia axis. Within more than six decades, Indonesia has experienced immeasurable progress in the field of economics development. Asian Development Bank (2011) in its report entitled “Asia 2050: Realizing the Asian Century” expresses that in early 21st Century, Asian nations will experience a transformation to equivalent prosperity with European continent and American nations as well. Prosperity of 5 (five) Asian countries middle incomes which are progressing rapidly namely China, India, Indonesia, Muanthai, and Malaysia will be equivalent with European countries, North America, Japan, and South Korea.

In “Archipelago Economy: Unleashing Indonesia’s Potential”, McKinsey Global Institute (2012) reports that in 2011, Indonesia ranks the 16thth as the largest economic country in the world, and it is predicted will reach the 7th in 2030. In 2012, Indonesia economics ranks the 15th (CIA World Factbook, 2013). In “Human Development Report 2013: The Rise of Asia”, UNDP concludes that Asian rapid progress in the middle of 21st Century motorized by 8 (eight) Asian developed countries high incomes and 11 (eleven) Asian countries which have rapid economic growth, including Indonesia.

The attainment of Indonesian vision as the world maritime axis requires the right policies, strategic and action oriented so that the abundant maritime potencies can be empowered as optimal as possible. This can be used for developing Indonesia to become a big, strength and prosperous country based on the objective condition as archipelago country with abundant maritime assets. The reality nowadays shows that this very rich Indonesia of natural as if “natural resources damnation” (The paradox of Plenty). Potential losses of oceanic of Indonesia appraised up to 300 billion rupiah per year through illegal fishing. This perspective inspires Universitas Maritim Raja Ali Haji to take the initiative to carry out the 1st International Conference on empowerment of maritime potencies in Asia region.


Conference Topics

1. Marine Fisheries

  • Maritime Resources Conservation
  • Oceanic Resources Management
  • Marine Research Product Processing
  • Marine Based Product Development
  • Illegal Fishing
  • Marine Pollution
  • Maritime Management Resources

2. Maritime Economics

  • Maritime Transportation and Logistic Systems
  • Economic and Maritime Industries
  • Economic Empowerment and Coastal Communities

3. Maritime Engineering

  • Maritime Information Technology and Its Application
  • Maritime Biotechnology
  • Shipping Technology
  • Naval and Offshore Technology
  • Renewable Technology and Its Application
  • Coastal Smart Grids
  • Coastal Electrical Network
  • Geographical Information System

4. Maritime Policy

  • Coastal Social Transformation
  • Maritime Development and Frontier Politics
  • International Maritime Regulation
  • Maritime Defense and Safety
  • Frontier Empowering Model

5. Maritime Education

  • Maritime Based Curriculum Enrichment and Development
  • Capital Development Strategy of Maritime Person
  • Nautical Culture Intelligent Actualization in Studies
  • Maritime Based Learning Media Development
  • Maritime Resources as Laboratory for Science Learning Process
  • Nautical Culture Values Revitalization
  • Maritime Based Educational Models
  • Frontier Educational Empowerment