Indonesia, France cooperate in building environmentally friendly fishing ports hinh anh 1French maritime minister Annick Girardin (right) met with acting director general of capture fisheries at the Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, M Zaini, in Jakarta on June 9, 2021. (Photo: Antara)

Jakarta (VNA) -
Indonesia’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry (KKP) has said it will develop environmentally friendly fishing ports in the country in cooperation with the French Development Agency (AFD).

The cooperation in the environmentally friendly seaport project was discussed with France’s Minister of Maritime Affairs, Annick Girardin, during her recent visit to Indonesia.

"This collaborative project can help utilise environmentally friendly capture fisheries resources in the fishing port areas," acting director general of capture fisheries at KKP Muhammad Zaini was cited by Indonesia's Antara News Agency in a press release as saying.

The cooperation is expected to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries and advance the marine and fisheries sector, in accordance with the declaration of a strategic partnership between the Indonesian and French presidents in 2017, he added.

As part of a working visit to Indonesia, Minister Girardin on June 9 headed to the Nizam Zachman Ocean Fishing Port (PPS) in Muara Baru, North Jakarta.

During her visit, Girardin expressed the hope that the cooperation project would help improve the living standards of people in coastal areas.

The problems in the marine and fisheries sector experienced by Indonesia are not much different from those of France, she added.

"I am very happy to be able to visit Indonesia to see its fishery activities. I appreciate Indonesia's steps to eradicate illegal fishing because the preservation of marine ecosystems is important for us to keep it sustainable," she said./.