Ambassador Hadi says Indonesia is very interested in and desire to learn the Vietnamese experience in lobster farming, like what he saw by himself through many field trips to Khanh Hoa and Phu Yen. Though the natural resource for lobster in Indonesia is quite rich, thanks to its possession of many sheltered islands, bays and lagoons, however, the farming activities there have been still underdeveloped.
Mr. Hadi also expresses his admiration for the strength of Vietnamese seafood industry, particularly in processing and marketing abilities. Referring to CPTPP, EVFTA and many other new-generation free trade agreements (FTA) that Vietnam is an active participant, he strongly believes that our seafood exports will take off in the near future.
The bilateral trade between Vietnam and Indonesia has been steadily growing in recent years, aiming to reach 10 billion USD by 2020, in which seafood holds a great significance. Ambassador is seeking for Vietnamese senior experts and competent partners, via VSA’s suggestion, to work with Indonesia in specific feasible projects, for example, to establish a joint-venture for lobster farming. As President Joko Widodo personally presents a special attention to the economic development of Natuna Islands – an area of strategic value in the East Sea, combining security and territory defense goals, Mr. Hadi makes sure the potential partnership may receive full supports from the Indonesian government to perform there.
Acknowledges to Mr. Hadi’s helpful information and profound thinking, VSA’s President Nguyen Huu Dzung says Vietnam should learn a lot from Indonesian experience in seaweed farming or tuna cultivating. Furthermore, while Indonesia has successfully organized and run a Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), Vietnam seems to stay behind. Another example is Aquatec Company, a partner of VSA in Western Bandung, Indonesia, who manufactures the excellent HDPE products for aquaculture and tourism infrastructure.
President Dzung claims VSA is willing to join with Indonesia in developing aquaculture for the mutual benefits of both countries, through making the most of each advantages, not just lobster but for many other farming subjects. Right in near months, a group of VSA members will come to investigate the Natuna and Java Islands for specific cooperation plans.
By My Linh