Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam (R) shakes hands with Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti  (Source: fistenet.gov.vn)
Jakarta (VNA) – The governments of Vietnam and Indonesia are proposed to extend by five years the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on navigation and fisheries cooperation inked by the two countries in January 2010.

Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam and Indonesia’s Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti made the proposal during talks in Jakarta on July 26.

The two sides stressed the importance of enhancing fisheries collaboration.

Deputy Minister Tam said the Vietnamese Government discourages illegal fishing.

He recommended Indonesia handle Vietnamese fishermen boats’ violations in the country’s waters based on international law and in a humanitarian spirit.

Vietnam and Indonesia hope to maintain meetings between the joint technical committee on fisheries.

To settle issues related to fishing more effectively, Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Indonesia’s Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries will sign an agreement on establishing a hotline to prevent illegal fishing activities soon.

The host encouraged Vietnam to invest in aquatic breeding and processing in Indonesia.

She invited the guest to attend a meeting between seafood businesses and management agencies this September in Indonesia to explore cooperation opportunities.

Tam said Vietnam is willing to take part in the event.-VNA