Accelerating Marine and Fisheries Business Investment

Accelerating Marine and Fisheries Business Investment
Accelerating Marine and Fisheries Business Investment
Accelerating Marine and Fisheries Business Investment.

On Tuesday 7 December 2021, the Ministry of Marine & Fisheries in collaboration with the World Bank held an “Investment Business Promotion Forum” with the theme of Accelerating Marine and Fisheries Business Investment.

This Business Forum aimed to attract investment in the Marine and Fisheries sector, both foreign and domestic, and was officially opened by Mrs. Artati Widiarti (Director General of the Ministry of Marine & Fisheries.)

In the roundtable discussion forum hosted by Mr. Achmad Baihaki (Senior Oceans Specialist) from the World Bank, featured speakers including Ridwan Zachrie (CFO of Seven Stones Indonesia) spoke around the theme of: Investment-ready Businesses that are Attractive to Investors.

Other speakers included among others: Matthew Hensley (President of Planet Partnerships LLC) who presented two potential projects in the Canning Business (by Mr. Bambang Tri Mulyono from Mina Bahari 45) and in Shrimp Farming (by HM Ilyas with the shrimp farming project in Pasuruan Regency, East Java).

In his presentation Ridwan Zachrie introduced Seven Stones Indonesia and their Seven Core Business Areas, which include: Property & Real Estate, Information & Communication Technology, Intelligent Transport Systems, Energy, Tourism & the Creative Economy, Heavy Industry and a detailed discussion focused on Fisheries & Aquaculture.

Zachrie conveyed the importance of understanding the Norwegian market for Fisheries and Aquaculture and he delivered two main points. First, that in general there are no import restrictions on exporting products to Norway and most of the products are tax free. Followed by the importance of following normal health protocols and that most of the market will require some kind of sustainability certification.

Norway is well-known as one of the best in the world in the Aquaculture Industry, a point which Zachrie reinforced when he told participants that Norway is the largest exporter in the world of farmed salmon and the second largest exporter for fish products. He said Norway has a highly developed industry in this sector, which uses the latest technology to secure good products and grades and has the ability to produce tracking and tracing using the latest block chain technology from the fishermen to the consumer.

In the discussion session, many questions were asked to Seven Stones Indonesia, which showed how much interest there is in the Aquaculture and Fishery business sectors in Indonesia seeking strategic partnerships with investors from Norway.

For Seven Stones Indonesia, this forum has helped to make them one of the key players in Indonesia that has received the attention of the Fisheries and Aquaculture community as a reliable source for this industry.

The discussion forum which lasted for 3-hours was officially closed by Mr. Catur Sarwanto, Director of Business and Investment of the Ministry of Marine & Fisheries.

If you’d like more information, please get in touch with Ridwan Zachrie by email:

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Andrzej Barski

Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Andrzej is Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia. He was born in the UK to Polish parents and has been living in Indonesia for more than 33-years. He is a skilled writer, trainer and marketer with a deep understanding of Indonesia and its many cultures after spending many years travelling across the archipelago from North Sumatra to Irian Jaya.

His experience covers Marketing, Branding, Advertising, Publishing, Real Estate and Training for 5-Star Hotels and Resorts in Bali and Jakarta, which has given him a passion for the customer experience. He’s a published author and a regular contributor to local and regional publications. His interests include conservation, eco-conscious initiatives, spirituality and motorcycles. Andrzej speaks English and Indonesian.

Terje H. Nilsen

Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Terje is from Norway and has been living in Indonesia for over 20-years. He first came to Indonesia as a child and after earning his degree in Business Administration from the University of Agder in Norway, he moved to Indonesia in 1993, where he has worked in leading positions in education and the fitness/ wellness industries all over Indonesia including Jakarta, Banjarmasin, Medan and Bali.

He was Co-owner and CEO of the Paradise Property Group for 10-years and led the company to great success. He is now Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia offering market entry services for foreign investors, legal advice, sourcing of investments and in particular real estate investments. He has a soft spot for eco-friendly and socially sustainable projects and investments, while his personal business strengths are in property law, tourism trends, macroeconomics, Indonesian government and regulations. His personal interests are in sport, adventure, history and spiritual experiences.

Terje’s leadership, drive and knowledge are recognised across many industries and his unrivalled network of high level contacts in government and business spans the globe. He believes you do good and do well but always in that order. Terje speaks English, Indonesian and Norwegian.

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Ridwan Jasin Zachrie

CFO of Seven Stones Indonesia, Jakarta

Ridwan is one of Indonesia’s top executives with a long and illustrious career in the financial world. He holds several professional certifications including being a Certified Business Valuer (CBV) issued by the Australian Academy of Finance and Management; Broker-Dealer Representative (WPPE); and The Directorship Certification for Directors and Commissioners, issued by the Indonesian Institute of Commissioners and Directors.

His experience includes being the Managing Director at one of the top investment banking groups in the region, the Recapital Group, the CFO at State-owned enterprises in fishery industry and the CEO at Tanri Abeng & Son Holding. He’s also been an Independent Commissioner in several Financial Service companies and on the Audit and Risk Committee at Bank BTPN Tbk, Berau Coal Energy Tbk, Aetra Air Jakarta as well as working for Citibank, Bank Mandiri and HSBC. His last position was as CFO at PT Citra Putra Mandiri – OSO Group.

Ridwan has won a number of prestigious awards including the Best CFO Awards 2019 (Institute of Certified Management Accountant Australia-Indonesia); Asia Pacific Young Business Leader awarded by Asia 21 Network New York USA (Tokyo 2008); UK Alumni Business Awards 2008 awarded by the British Council; and The Most Inspiring Human Resources Practitioners’ version of Human Capital Magazine 2010.

He’s a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Law, Trisakti University, Co-Founder of the Paramadina Public Policy Institute and actively writes books, publications and articles in the mass media. He co-authored “Korupsi Mengorupsi Indonesia” in 2009, which helps those with an interest in understanding governance in Indonesia and the critical issue of corruption. Ridwan speaks Indonesian and English.

Per Fredrik Ecker

Managing Director of Seven Stones Indonesia, Jakarta

Per is the Managing Director of the Seven Stones Indonesia (SSI) Jakarta office and has more than 25-years’ experience in Indonesia, China, and Western Europe. He previously worked in senior management positions with Q-Free ASA, Siemens AG, and other companies in the telecom sector. Over the last six years, he has been the Chairman of the Indonesia-Norway Business Council (INBC) and recently become elected to be on the board of EuroCham Indonesia.

His most recent experience is within Intelligent Transport Solutions (ITS), Telecom, and other sectors within the Indonesian market. He is today through his position in SSI and by representing Norway Connect, promoting Nordic and European companies that would like to explore business opportunities in the Indonesian market. He’s also playing an active role to help create the Nordic House concept in Jakarta that will provide an excellent platform for Nordic companies entering Indonesia, where they’ll find a community that can offer support with trusted information and affordable services to enter this market.