TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - China's Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian asks Maritime and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo to boost fish exports to his country.
China imports 4 million tons of fishery products from numerous countries every year. Of that volume, Indonesia supplies 200,000 fishery products to China, or just five percent of their market demand.
"Indonesia has an enormous space for cooperation. If we restart maritime and fisheries cooperation, I am sure Indonesia's fishery product exports to China will reach extraordinary numbers," Xiao Qian said in an official statement, Sunday, November 3.
Xiao Qian said Indonesia is one of China's sizable trading partners. In 2018, trade value between the two countries amounted to US$72.6 billion. The value of China's investment in Indonesia that year was US$2.4 billion.
Xiao Qian said that a cooperation in maritime affairs and fisheries would strengthen relations between the two nations.
"Indonesia has vast waters territory and abundant marine resources, while China has a huge market," he said.
Minister Edhy Prabowo welcomes the Ambassador's suggestion. In line with President Joko Widodo's direction, he said, the Indonesian fishing industry needs to be optimized, including the development of the cultivation sector.
He hopes that there will be technology transfer from China in the field of aquaculture, since Indonesia still has obstacles in preventing viruses in shrimp farming.
Nevertheless, Edhy emphasizes that every bilateral partnership would prioritize the absorption of local workforce and foreign exchange revenues for Indonesia.