INDONESIA: Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Panjaitan has affirmed the need for building superior and reliable human resources to support the development of Maluku as a national fish barn.
Maluku, or the Moluccas islands and its surrounding districts in eastern Indonesia, have abundant marine resources. There is also a seaweed estate in Maluku that will be reviewed for export consignment, the minister highlighted.
"We have agreed to push for education so that we can educate the sons and daughters of the region. We must pursue this," said Minister Luhut during a visit to southeast Maluku.
Minister Luhut added that the government will build educational facilities in the region to help train and upgrade the required work force to make this vision into a reality.
Indonesian deputy for Maritime Sovereignty and Energy at the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investments Basilio Dias Araujo agreed with Luhut’s sentiments.
In a separate interview, Araujo said that Indonesia, as the world’s largest archipelago, has the potential to become a trendsetter in the marine and fisheries sector.
He also cited the growing presence of the country’s fishery processing zones which will require more workers with next level skills when the country doubles down to become the top exporter in the global commercial fish market.
Based on data from Statistics International Trade Center and the United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database, Indonesia's tuna export value in 2018 alone was ranked sixth in the world, after Thailand, Ecuador, Spain, China, and Taiwan.