The Chinese and Japanese ambassadors visit the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry

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(photo: Prive. Doc)

IO – The Ambassadors of Japan to In­donesia HE Masafumi Ishii and the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Indone­sia HE Xiao Qian paid a visit to the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Af­fairs and Fisheries in order to estab­lish closer relations between the two countries, the Republic of Japan and Indonesia, and the People’s Republic of China to Indonesia, on Thursday, October 31, 2019.Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Edhy Prabowo received the ambassadors’ work visit in his office at the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur Jakarta.

HE Masafumi Ishi and HE Edhy Prabowo discussed the continuation of cooperation between Indonesia and Japan in the field of maritime affairs and fisheries, going forward. HE Ma­safumi Ishii pointed out that Indone­sia and Japan are archipelagic coun­tries that have a consistent strategy in their management, including in the development of the marine and fisheries sector through a number of projects jointly worked on.

Minister Edhy said that Indonesia and Japan have a fairly good history of partnership, including in the ma­rine and fisheries sector. Japan is even seen as an ‘elder brother’ who has provided many valuable lessons for the people of Indonesia. Therefore, Minister Edhy assessed that this re­lationship needs to be maintained properly by continuing cooperation based on mutual friendship. “We hope this relationship will continue to strengthen and run smoothly,” he said.

HE Xiao Qian revealed that Indo­nesia and China have the opportunity to improve cooperation through the fishery export-import, which cur­rently has an annual import value of 200,000 tons from China’s total imports of 4 million tons. “Indonesia has an extraordinary opportunity if maritime and fisheries cooperation can be optimized,” he said

In response, Minister Edhy wel­comed the proposal and will work to make it happen. He added, “China is one of the countries that has the technology and knowledge to pre­vent the spread of shrimp disease. We need to learn from your country. Every collaboration carried out with other countries must create jobs and also generate foreign exchange” (ohw)