October 6, 2021
The ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Integrated Marine Fisheries Center (SKPT: fishing port facilities, markets, etc.) in Biak Island, which was constructed under the Grant Aid named "Project for Promoting Sustainable Fisheries Development in Outer Islands in Indonesia", was held on October 6, 2021 in Biak Island, Papua.
From left to right: Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Mr. Trenggono; Senior Representative JICA Indonesia, Mr. Takatoi; Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investement, Mr. Luhut.
Overall View of SKPT (Fishing Port & Market)
Dinner hosted by the the Regent of Biak Numfor
Video Message from Ambassador Kanasugi
The ceremony was attended by Mr. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment; Mr. Sakti Wahyu Trenggono, the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, and the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Budi Karya Sumadi from the Indonesian side; H.E. Kenji Kanasugi, the Ambassador of Japan to Indonesia (by online), and Mr. Shunsuke Takatoi, Senior Representative of JICA Indonesia from the Japanese side. The ministers also inspected the port facilities and markets. Prior to the ceremony, at the dinner hosted by the Regent of Biak Numfor on October 5, the Ambassador of Japan to Indonesia, H.E. Kenji Kanasugi, delivered a video message to celebrate the completion. The Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries expressed gratitude for Japanese cooperation and expectation for expanding investement from Japan to Eastern Indonesia.
JICA signed a Grant Agreement (G/A) with the Government of Indonesia to provide 2.5 billion yen in July 2018 and 3 billion yen in February 2021. Through financial support to Government of Indonesia to develop fishing port facilities on remote islands, JICA cooperatesin the development and the upgrade of fishing port facilities and markets in the six remote and outer islands in Indonesia.
In addition, In December 2020, JICA signed the records of discussions (R/D) on the technical cooperation project, "Project for Promoting Sustainable Fisheries Development in Outer Islands in Indonesia" with the Government of Indonesia. In the technical cooperation project, JICA supports for the human resources development for users such as fishermen, cooperative and women's groups. and the peoplewho manage the facilities of the Integrated Marine Fisheries Center (SKPT) in the 6 outer islands in Indonesia, including Biak, such as training related to fishery development, support for the formulation and implementation of human resource development plans and SKPT operation management plans.
By developing the fishing port and market in Biak Island through the grant aid and technical support to users and managers, it is expected that micro-fishermen will be able to use fishing ports equipped with Integrated Cold Storage (ICS) and ice machines. Furthermore, it is expected that the added value of marine products will be improved and the distribution of marine products will be promoted outside the island, leading to the revitalization of the local fishery industry and the improvement of the livelihood of the coastal community.
[Person in Charge]
Masaki Itagaki - Itagaki.Masaki@jica.go.jp