"I have offered IMAS to collaborate with the South Sulawesi provincial administration and Hasanuddin University (Unhas) in research and fish breeding," South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah noted in a press statement made available to ANTARA here on Thursday.
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IMAS is internationally known and recognized as one of Australia's centers of excellence in research and development of marine resources.
During his working visit to Australia, Abdullah met with several parties to highlight South Sulawesi's potential sectors and encourage cooperation.
Apart from promoting research collaboration in marine resources and fisheries sector, he also called on the IMAS to assist the South Sulawesi provincial government for the development of the agricultural and husbandry sectors.
Abdullah called for the need to take measurable efforts to make South Sulawesi a food barn to cater to the demands of both Indonesia and the world.
To meet this requirement, he affirmed that several provincial administrations' officials will be sent to IMAS to hone their research skills to help them achieve the targeted programs set by the government.
Responding to Abdullah's keenness, IMAS Executive Director Terry Bailey was quoted as saying that his people were ready to collaborate with the South Sulawesi provincial administration in the targeted fields.
At the meeting with Governor Abdullah on Oct 9, Bailey was accompanied by Peter Craven, chairman of the Australia-Indonesia Business Council; Cameron Parsons, the acting director of Global Engagement; Prof. Ted Lefroy, the acting director of Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, and Dr Quinn Fitzgibbon, the senior research fellow of IMAS.
Bailey and his team members were also prepared to visit Makassar, the capital city of South Sulawesi Province, to follow up on the required cooperation in the near future. Related news: Foreign students participate in Beautiful Malino flower parade
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