Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries is keen to build international awareness on the quality of Indonesian fishery products to expand the export market later.

Ministry`s Director General of Strengthening Maritime and Fishery Product Competitiveness Rifky Efendi Hardijanto remarked in a written statement received here on Sunday that one of the efforts to realize this was to establish cooperation with the Ministry of Trade and Ministry of Foreign Affairs by holding the 2018 Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition - BSD City, Tangerang, Banten, on October 24-28, 2018.

"The target of transactions is not the main focus for us. Through this event, we build awareness of the quality of Indonesian fishery products among members of the international community," Hardijanto noted.

According to Hardijanto, the TEI is an international-standard Indonesian export product exhibition with a B-to-B focus, held annually by the Ministry of Trade, and this year, it involves the Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"At this event, we provide products to be offered, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs brings buyers from abroad with the potential to build cooperation," he noted.

This year`s TEI exhibition is being held for the 33rd time and is coupled with Trade, Tourism, and Investment Forum activities, business matching, and foreign and domestic trade missions.

Hardijanto emphasized that the TEI exhibition was an arena for Indonesia to expand the fishery product and pearl market.

Hence, he stated that the exhibition was crucial to introduce national marine and fishery products to domestic and foreign investors.

According to Hardijanto, the Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries Affairs continues to introduce national fishery products to both foreign and local investors.

Reporting by Subagyo
Editing by Otniel Tamindael

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