JAKARTA (Bernama) – The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) hopes Indonesia will become a world fish processing centre in line with the maritime axis concept proposed by President Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s Antara news agency reported.
“We are optimistic that by turning Indonesia into a world fish processing centre, fish exports would increase from US$4.1 billion last year to US$40 billion in 2019,” said marine affairs and fisheries chairman Yugi Prayanto on Monday.
“Indonesia’s fisheries sector has great potential and I call upon the government to take immediate steps to develop the country into a world fish processing centre,” he said.
Yugi proposed the government take several measures such as standardising all fisheries products to enable them to be registered at regional and international levels, and to begin fish processing based on standardised procedures.
“It will be the same as establishing Starbucks or McDonald’s in Indonesia since the quality of products is the same as that in the US,” he said.
Yugi said the world fish processing centre could involve other countries.