Commencing the meeting, an international seminar entitled “Spice Trade that Connected the East and the West" was held in Jakarta on Monday.
The seminar invited a number of keynote speakers from various sectors, including the GNMC Secretary General, the 10th GNMC meeting delegates, diplomatic representatives, ministries or relevant agencies, historians, and academicians. The event aims to reinforce tangible cooperation among GNMC countries.
In her remarks, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi emphasizes that the oceans ought to bring prosperity to all people. Various spectrums, from maritime connectivity to marine resources, the oceans shall be utilized to improve the welfare of people who live in the region.
"This meeting shall deliver a clear message on the urgency of partnership and cooperation in tourism, trade, and investment. Learning from the history of GNMC's cooperation, established partnership must bring benefits for all parties," she was quoted as saying.
She also reiterated the importance of oceans and marines regions. Just like it is stated by President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo, the oceans shall unite global society and not desegregate people.
GNMC consists of the cities visited by Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastian Elcano in their global expedition from 1519 to 1521 in search of spices. Indonesia holds a significant role in the expedition history. Tidore was one of the vital stopovers due to its strategic situation. The record serves as evidences of Indonesian archipelago's maritime prosperity and massive spice trade during the ruling Sriwijaya Kingdom.
Furthermore, as the host of the 10th GNMC Meeting, Indonesia wants to greatly contribute to the circumnavigation and to encourage broader cooperation with GNMC members, especially in terms of knowledge exchange, intercultural understanding, and economic cooperation (trade and investment).?