Mon, 11 Oct 2010

Hanoi (ANTARA News) - A Vietnamese company is conducting a feasibility study as part of efforts to invest in the fishery sector in the Indonesian province of Riau Islands, an envoy said.

"The company has contacted BKPM (Investment Coordinating Board) as part of its intention to invest in the Indonesian fishery sector," Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Pitono Purnomo said here on Sunday.

The Vietnamese company was interested in investing in Indonesia following a recent meeting between Vietnamese businessmen and the Indonesian delegation consisting of officials from the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry and the Indonesian Embassy in Ho Chi Minh City, South Vietnam, he said.

The presence of Vietnamese company could hopefully help reduce the frequency of fish thefts by Vietnamese fishermen in the Indonesian waters, he said.

The Indonesian Navy has several times caught Vietnamese fishermen for poaching fish in the Indonesian waters. They were later deported to their country after being tried under the Indonesian law.

Many of the Vietnamese fishermen worked using Taiwanese-, South Korean-, Hong Kong-, and Thailand-registered fishing ships.

"The Vietnamese government has paid attention to the matter and politely filed diplomatic notes appealing to (the Indonesian authorities) to treat the Vietnamese traditional fishermen humanely," Pitono said.

The Indonesian government had taken wise steps to respond to the issue and hoped it would not recur, he said. (*)