The Nusantara Sail 2023 event is being held by the Indonesian government to showcase the country’s identity as a maritime nation. The event aims to demonstrate that Indonesia views the seas as connectors rather than separators and that it takes pride in its maritime heritage. The event also symbolically marks the country’s plans to relocate its capital city from Jakarta to the new capital city in East Kalimantan Province. The Minister of Public Works and Public Housing, Basuki Hadimuljono, expressed hope that more participants would join future editions of the sailing event.
Participants from Australia, Norway, Malaysia, and South Africa have joined national sailors at the Nusantara Sail 2023 event. The event is part of Indonesia’s efforts to develop Nusantara as the country’s concrete step towards becoming the world’s maritime axis. It is also a series of events leading up to the 10th World Water Forum in Bali next year and commemorates the 59th National Maritime Day. The participants will sail from Jakarta to Balang Island, Balikpapan, IKN Nusantara, and Samarinda.
The Nusantara Sail 2023 event is an important platform for Indonesia to showcase its maritime identity and highlight its efforts in developing its maritime sector. It also serves as a way to promote international cooperation and engagement in the country’s maritime activities. The event is not only significant for Indonesia’s future plans, such as the relocation of the capital city, but also for its present achievements and contributions to the global maritime community. With participants from various countries, the event creates opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration, further strengthening Indonesia’s position as a maritime nation.