In the 6th Strategic Dialogue Meeting, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi and Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Taro Kono agreed to increase maritime and fishery cooperation among the two countries. Minister Taro Kono stated in a press conference in Jakarta on Monday (25/6) that the cooperation has important and very strategic meaning for the two countries with a concept of maritime development they have. The two ministers also agreed the cooperation of Integrated Marine and Fisheries Centers and Fish Market on the Indonesian outer islands.
“We will increase our maritime cooperation. This is very meaningful for the strategies of both countries, namely Japan Free and Open Indo Pacific strategy and Indonesia as Global Maritime Fulcrum. We have just completed the signing of the exchange of notes on a program for the development of fisheries sector in outer islands. Japan will continue to implement of development of outer islands as agreed in September last year,” said Taro Kono.
Minister Taro Kono also added that he and his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi have agreed synergy between the concept of Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy of Japan and Indo-Pacific which was initiated by Indonesia through regional mechanism such as ASEAN, and East Asian Summit (EAS) in the Pacific region and Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) in the circle of the Indian Ocean. Meanwhile, for cooperation of Integrated Marine and Fisheries Centers and Fish Market, the Japanese government in the near future plans to build six fishery centers on six Indonesian outer islands, namely Biak, Moa, Morotai, Natuna, Sabang, and Saumlaki. (VOI/Rezha/trs.Yati/NT)