TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) encourages the government to turn Indonesia to become the world’s center for fish processing so that Indonesia can reach its fishery export target of US$40 billion.
“We are optimistic that by making Indonesia as the world’s fish processing center, national export will increase from US$4.1 billion in 2013 to US$40 billion in the coming years,” said Yugi Prayanto, Kadin’s deputy chairman in marine and fisheries, on Tuesday.
According to Yugi, the government needs to make the move immediately because it has large potential. There are several important steps the government needs to do to realize it.
First is standardizing all domestic fishery products so that national fishery can be officially registered nationally and internationally.
Second, Indonesia must prepare more skilled local labors than foreign labors. “This project can employ local people significantly and decrease Indonesia’s employment rate,” he said.
Kadin also asked for support from national banking to help in boosting investment in fish processing industry.