After successfully hosting the 43rd ASEAN Summit in 2023, Indonesia will once again host an international summit, the Archipelagic and Island State Forum Summit (AIS Forum Summit). This prestigious event will be held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) Bali on October 10-11, 2023. Indonesia will host the international forum attended by approximately 51 island nations.
This year, the AIS Forum Summit 2023 will have a very meaningful theme, "Fostering Collaboration, Enabling Innovation for Our Ocean and Our Future". The Summit agenda will focus on three important aspects: the development of the blue economy, the challenges of climate change, and the strengthening of solidarity among island and archipelagic states.
This year's AIS Forum Summit will also include a discussion on the issue of illegal fishing, but the discussion will not be limited to illegal fishing, but rather to sustainable and safe fishing efforts. It is hoped that participating countries can work together to address the challenges and risks that threaten the sustainability of marine ecosystems.
The partnership and the AIS Forum Summit are expected to bring several benefits. In terms of technology, fishermen will have access to advanced technology that can improve the efficiency of the fishing process. Through this technology, fishermen will be able to more accurately identify the location of fish, including their species and abundance, saving time and resources when fishing.
In addition, the Forum will encourage the development of technology that can increase understanding and awareness of climate change among fishermen. This technology will be an important tool for fishermen to predict climate conditions as they head out to sea.
In addition to representatives from island nations, the Forum will also be attended by nine heads of international organizations, including those from the Pacific Island Forum (PIF), the Melanesian States Cooperation Group (MSG), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
In addition, heads of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Indian Ocean Rim States Association (IORA) will participate in the Forum.
The AIS Forum Summit 2023 is expected to not only be a forum for discussion, but also to have a real impact on the challenges faced by island nations. The Summit is also expected to become a sustainable forum for island states, in line with other existing regional organizations.