Namibia and Indonesia sign action plan on marine cooperation

30 Oct 2018 14:20pm
SWAKOPMUND, 30 OCT (NAMPA) – Namibia and Indonesia signed a Plan of Action (PoA) on Cooperation in Fisheries on Tuesday in Bali, Indonesia.
The agreement was signed by Namibian Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Bernhard Esau and Indonesian Minister of Marine and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti for the period of 2019 to 2021.
In his speech at the event, Esau said that even though the two countries are located at different oceans with distinct fisheries, they are both large ocean nations and hence have a lot to learn from each other on fisheries matters.
He said Namibia in particular is keen to learn the best practises from Indonesia on fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and sustainable aquaculture production, among other aspects.
“I therefore urge officials from both countries to act with speed to conclude the necessary detailed protocols containing timelines and budgets for specific activities, so that we may give meaning to this PoA,” Esau noted.
The signing of the PoA comes after a Memorandum of Understanding on Marine Affairs and Fisheries Cooperation was signed by the ministries of International Relations and Cooperation of Namibia and Foreign Affairs of Indonesia in August 2018.
Esau also assured the Indonesian minister that Namibia will be committed to ensuring that the aspirations of this agreement are fulfilled.
The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the ‘Our Oceans Conference’ on advancing transparency in global fisheries, which is organised by Global Fishing Watch.
The conference commenced on Monday and is expected to end on Tuesday.