In the Zone 2017: Surabaya Panel Discussion, The Blue Zone
By Hugo Seymour from Perth USAsia Centre | 22 May 2017
In partnership with Universitas Airlangga in Surabaya, East Java, the Perth USAsia Centre and the UWA Oceans Institute convened a public panel which focused on developing Indo-Pacific Maritime issues. The public panel was held on Universitas Airlangga’s campus, in front of more than 400 regional policy scholars and students, as a warm-up for the Centre’s In the Zone 2017 Perth Conference.
• The panellists were introduced by Universitas Airlangga Rector, Professor Dr Mohammad Nasih, and the event included welcoming remarks from Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr. Paul Grigson, and welcome videos from Universitas Airlangga and Western Australia’s Minister for Asian Engagement, Hon. Bill Johnston MLA.
• The distinguished panel constituted Prof. Dr Sri Subekti Bendryman, Universitas Airlangga and General Secretary, Consortium of the Sea Partnership of East Java; Prof. Erika Techera, Director of UWA Oceans Institute; Prof Stephen Smith, Perth USAsia Centre Board Member and former Australian Foreign Affairs and Defence Minister; Pak Ade Padmo Sarwono, Indonesian Consul General to Australia in Perth; and Prof. Gordon Flake, CEO Perth USAsia Centre.
• The panellists discussed strategies for Indonesia and Australia to help ensure open trade and navigation routes in the Indo-Pacific, how to ensure sustainable maritime resource policies are developed by Government to feed the growing middle class of the Indo-Pacific, and how to protect the maritime environment and the oceans’ habitat from climate change.
• Australia and Indonesia are both active members of regional institutions including the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), while Western Australia and East Java share Sister State status.
Hugo Seymour is a Research and Program Assistant at the Perth USAsia Centre
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