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Meaning the World Maritime Axis, the Spice Route is more precise than the Maritime Silk Road
03- January - 2018

MN, Semarang - 'A Spice-Based Maritime Week Week' is held at Lawang Sewu and Wisma Perdamaian, Semarang 16-19 November 2017. The event is filled with a series of activities; seminars, exhibition of spice products, exhibitions of spice-producing regional governments and art exhibition "History Repeats Itself" by Titarubi.

At the beginning of the event the four-day event is also marked by the opening of the Prime Auction of Spices Commodities and several other products.

In line with the implementation of Nawa Cita, the government is committed to strengthening the Maritime Shaft and industrialization based on manufacturing in order to create economic independence and employment. The manufacturing industry is one of the priority sectors in the Government Work Plan (RKP) 2018, Bappenas.

Therefore, the revitalization of spices is a strategic program and should be done immediately for the improvement of the national economy.

On the sidelines of the event, in a seminar entitled the Spice Path and the World Maritime Poros, it was initiated about how to strengthen the identity of history so that we become a great nation. Agus Widiatmoko from the Directorate of History of Kemendikbud affirms the term spice path more accurately describes the World Maritime Shaft.

"The World Maritime Poros that Mr. Jokowi buzzed was actually reborn. So not only Warkop reborn, maritime shaft also reborn, "joked Agus in the seminar at Lawang Sewu, Semarang, (18/11).

According to him, China with its history to live the Maritime Silk Road, but why we follow their terms. Whereas the Spice Path is more precisely juxtaposed with the World Maritime Axis than the Maritime Silk Road.

"The spice path proves the glory of our archipelago before the invaders enter. This should be a cultural movement so we can be proud of the term our ancestors, "he said.

So far, Kemendikbud continues to socialize the cultural movement into a strong foundation for maritime countries. Admittedly, the struggle is not as easy as turning the palm of the hand.

Especially in the middle of the era of globalization and fragility of the current millenial generation that is easily influenced by outside cultures, the struggle to introduce the maritime culture of the archipelago becomes difficult.

"Only we should not give up, we must never abandon to build our generation," said Agus.

Meanwhile, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Tukul Rameyo explained that culture is the foundation of the World Maritime Poros. It has been confirmed through Presidential Decree No.16 of 2017 on Indonesian Maritime Policy (KKI).

"Indeed the culture is the foundation. The name of the foundation is always below and invisible. People only see the upper buildings are visible and seductive. Of course for the foundation workers is very difficult and rarely anyone would want, "explained Rameyo used to familiarly called.

Therefore, through this moment the development of a maritime culture that introduces the spice path should be encouraged. Kemenko Maritim has supported this effort by synergizing with other ministries and Institutions in order to realize a strong foundation.

"In the year 2045 to 2085, the vision of the World Maritime Axis will be realized with a record in 2015 reinforced its foundations well through various policies. Remember, our task is only to create a policy that should have been planted from the bottom, "he concluded.

Given this potential, spice opportunities (eg, pepper, king of spices) which, if managed in the right way, will enhance national economic growth. For example with the management of commodity industry direct investment and manufacturing transformation.

Currently, Jokowi-JK Government has been doing infrastructure development such as ports, sea tolls, road construction to remote areas, dams, irrigation and railways. With such a national brand we must also be developed ie spices.

This development needs to be interpreted as the development of inter-regional distribution channels as well as export trade routes. In addition to infrastructure support, as well as increased investment grade ease of doing business which rose 106th (2016) to 91 (2017) with potential investment flows estimated at 100-200 billion US dollars. Nothing else, the spice opportunity that once was triumphant if managed in the right way will be able to increase the national economic growth.

The event of 'Spice-Based Maritime Week of Axis' is supported by the Coordinating Ministry for the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia, Ministry of Agriculture and Central Java Provincial Government, presenting the themes of Maritime Sovereignty in the Fields; Geo-Economy, Geo-Culture, Biodiversity and Marine Agro as well as Spices Industry and Trade in production, processing, price stability and spice site as a maritime-agrarian culture node.

(Adit / MN)

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