Norway and Indonesia Agree Greater Marine Cooperation

Norway and Indonesia have agreed to intensify cooperation in the fishery and marine sectors, mainly to develop Indonesian fishermen’s capability of supporting sustainable human resource development.

According to ANTARA, the agreement was contained in a Letter of Intent (LoI) on marine and fishery signed by Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajudha and his Norwegian counterpart, Jonas Gahr Store in Oslo January 23.

Under the LoI, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry will allocate funds to facilitate the cooperation between related institutions in the two countries, mainly the ministries of fishery and marine resources. The two countries also agreed to cooperate in fishery breeding, research, education and training, fishery product, coastal fishery management as well as marine and fishery protection.

The cooperation also covers efforts to use fishery resources sustainable, prevent and limit illegal fishing.

The signing of the LoI was one of the results of Hassan`s official visit to Oslo on January 22-23 to reciprocate that of the Norwegian minister to Indonesia in 2004 and in 2005 when he presented relief aid to tsunami victims in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam province.

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