Ministry hopes Belgium will back duty-free fishery exports

Ministry hopes Belgium will back duty-free fishery exports

Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Edhy Prabowo, receives a visit from Ambassador of Belgium  to Indonesia, Stephane De Locker, in Jakarta, Friday, November 14, 2019. (ANTARA/HO KKP)

We have been negotiating this issue for the past three years, and next December we will sign the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IEU-CEPA). Then, we hope to undertake duty-free trade in all fishery products
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia has pinned its hopes on Belgium supporting the government’s efforts on duty-free exports, specifically Indonesian fishery products, to European Union (EU) countries. "I wish for early cooperation between the two nations, especially in the marine and fisheries sectors, in this administrative term," Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Edhy Prabowo said in a statement received in Jakarta, Friday.

On Thursday, November 14, Prabowo received a visit from Ambassador of Belgium to Indonesia Stephane De Locker at his office.

They discussed the obstacles facing Indonesia in exporting fishery products to EU countries, Secretary General of the Ministry, Nilanto Perbowo said.

"We have been negotiating this issue for the past three years, and next December we will sign the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IEU-CEPA). Then, we hope to undertake duty-free trade in all fishery products," Perbowo noted.

With its known concern for fishery products, Indonesia always participates in the world's largest annual exhibition in seafood products, Seafood Expo Global, which many of Indonesia's seafood exporters join to showcase their products, Perbowo added.

The export commodities of Indonesia are mainly tunas, groupers, shrimps, octopus, and blue swimming crabs. (INE)

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