The Government of RI and the USA planned to foster technology-based collaboration to realize strong commitment of both nations to build strategic partnership especially in maritime industry and fishery. The effort to build food resiliency was parallel with mitigation effort of climate change. “Indonesia and the USA shared a long history in bilateral relationship, especially in maritime and fishery so it is most important to underscore America’s support in developing sea explorations, tapping of coastline resources and management of sustainable fishery in building food resiliency due to climate change”. The Ministry of Maritime and Fishery Sharif C Sutardjo told Business News (4/11).
America’s support was also needed in the effort to crackdown on illegal fishing. Beside that, the eco-system approach on fishery management in Indonesia was also the concern of both nations. Collaboration in the execution of Port State Measure, empowerment of small fishermen, and steps toward meeting quality standard of products had been stipulated by America. Indonesia-America collaboration started in 2003 through the Mitra Bahari program and strengthened with signing of Memorandum of Understanding on collaboration in science, technology and application of maritime and fishery techniques in 2007.
Meanwhile Prime Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Indonesia. HE Kim Young Soon also stated his desire to promote bilateral relations between the two nations in the maritime and fishery sectors. To Indonesia, Korea was an important partner state after Presidents of both countries signed joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership in December 2006 last in Jakarta; bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Korea had been practically running well without hindrances.
In the maritime and fishery sector, declaration by both countries was followed up by Meeting of the Working Level of Task Force in Bali mid of May 2011 last. Outcome of the meeting in Bali was that the Ministry of Maritime and Fishery of Maritime and Fishery of RI and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery of Korea agreed to foster collaboration in the Maritime and Fishery Sector. “The Governments of Indonesia and Korea agreed to expand area of collaboration including natural conservation, transfer of fishery wharf development technology and exchange of information in fish rearing and nursery” Sharif disclosed to Business News (4/11).
At the same place, Kim Young Soon conveyed his gratitude for Indonesia’s participation and support in the Busan International Seafood and Fishery Expo 2011. The forum was a momentum for exchange of information on the global condition of fish market and promotion of Indonesian fishery products. “The two countries continuously strengthen their commitment at the Multilateral Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) which would also be conducted simultaneously in Busan on 16 – 19 November next. The Yeosu Expo 2012 could also serve as a momentum to foster cooperation between Korea and Indonesia” Kim Young Soon Concluded.