Maritime, Economics, and Business International Conference (MEBIC) is scheduled to be held by Faculty of Economics, Raja Ali Haji Maritime University. MEBIC2021 aims to provide a platform for academics and practitioners around the world to share ideas and knowledge, as well as promoting research in Blue Economy through paper presentation. All related papers/studies which suit the theme and sub-themes are welcomed to be presented at the conference. Related papers to the theme which are not listed under the sub-themes are also acceptable.

Blue Economy is a part of Green Economy. It is a term in economics relating to the exploitation and preservation of the marine environment. Its scope of interpretation varies among organizations. However, the term is generally used in the scope of International development when describing a sustainable development approach to coastal resources. This can include a wide range of economic sectors, from the more conventional fisheries, aquaculture, maritime transport coastal or marine tourism or other traditional uses, to more emergent spaces such as coastal renewable energy, marine ecosystem services (i.e. blue carbon), seabed mining, and bioprospecting.

Recently, the term “sociopreneurship” has emerged and is often used as the main topic in a conference or workshop. Sociopreneurship is more than just entrepreneurship. Sociopreneurship combines the concept of business with social issues. A sociopreneur must be brave enough to take risks and strive to have a positive impact on society through the various initiatives they undertake. The Marine-sociopreneurship is a business activity that has a positive impact on the community, especially in the archipelago. As an archipelago, The Riau Islands has a relatively large potential of mineral resources, energy, as well as marine resources. It comprises a total of 1.796 islands scattered between Sumatera, Malay Peninsula, and Borneo. The geographical position of the Riau Islands, which is close to neighboring countries located near the Strait of Malacca, which is one of the busiest shipping lane in the world, is also a major factor in the need to increase competitiveness.

The purpose of this international conference is to discuss issues related to maritime, economics, and business within the scope of the blue economy as stated in the vision of the UMRAH chancellor, namely “Becoming a Center for Brilliance in Higher Education, Research, Mari-Sociopreneurship and Maritime Civilization in ASEAN.”

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