Russia, Indonesia to begin fishing talks at Saint Petersburg conference

13 June 2019
Russia's Federal Agency for Fisheries (RFAF) is set to begin talks in a month with Indonesia about fishing practices in the Southeast Asian country, reports the Roscongress Foundation, a group aimed at improving Russia's global image.
Vasily Sokolov, RFAF's deputy head, is to meet with Edi Suharto, an economic minister in Indonesia's Russian embassy, on the sidelines of the Global Fishery Forum & Seafood Expo 2019, in St. Petersburg, July 10-12. The talks are being described as the first meeting of the Russia-Indonesia Working Group on Cooperation in Fisheries and Marine Economy, something that was created at a meeting, in October, of the Russian–Indonesian Commission on Trade, Economic and Technical Cooperation.

“Indonesia is actively working to counter [illegal, underreported and unregulated] fishing and we welcome this and cooperate with you in this sphere. I am confident that the time has come to expand our cooperation and develop other areas in the fisheries sector,”  Sokolov is quoted as saying.
He said a large number of participants from Russia and foreign fishing enterprises are expected at the conference, which he said will help cultivate relations in the fisheries space.
“This is a good, symbolic start to our cooperation in fisheries and marine economy.” Suharto is quoted as saying.