Vietnam and Indonesia vow to fight illegal fishing, boost trade

Vastavam web: Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said Tuesday that his country and Vietnam have agreed to cooperate more in fighting illegal fishing and hope to boost two-way trade. Speaking at a joint news briefing with his Vietnamese counterpart, Tran Dai Quang, Jokowi said they hope their annual trade will reach 10 billion by 2020 from 6.8 billion now.

“We are committed to continue to strengthen cooperation in trade which over the past three years has seen a relatively good trend,” he said through a translator. Indonesia has taken a tough stance against illegal fishing since Jokowi took office in 2014, destroying hundreds of foreign fishing boats, mostly from Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.

The two leaders witnessed the signing of a declaration on voluntary cooperation in combatting illegal fishing. Quang said the two countries are committed to enhancing military and security cooperation to deal with traditional and non-traditional challenges which were increasing in the region.