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Papua New Guinea this week plays host to two strategic fisheries trade events.
They are the Inaugural Pacific Seafood and Technology Exposition which gets underway this morning at the Sir John Guise Indoor Stadium and the Sixth Pacific Tuna Forum tomorrow at the Stanley Hotel.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Fisheries Minister Patrick Basa are expected to officiate at both events
Also attending this event will be Minister for Commerce and Industry Wera Mori plus government and industry representatives from PNG and abroad, particularly from the Pacific region.
The events were officially launched in Port Moresby at a gathering which was held in February. Speaker Job Pomat in his capacity at the time as the board chairman of the National Fisheries Authority (NFA) in a speech on behalf of the then Fisheries Minister Mao Zeming said the staging of the events were the result of a challenge that had been issued at the Fifth Pacific Tuna Forum.
This was for NFA, InfoFish and other regional organisations to consider organising an additional event focused on promoting and supporting the Pacific Islands based fishing and seafood industry.
The Inaugural Sea Pacific Seafood and Technology is themed ‘Connecting the World to Pacific Seafood’. The keynote address will be delivered by O’Neill.
This inaugural event will provide an opportunity for PNG and the Pacific Island based sea food suppliers to showcase their products and develop partnerships so as to meet market demands.
The Sixth Tuna Forum on the other hand recognised as the premier regional event, brings together stakeholders both from the government, private sector, non-government organisations and other stakeholders.
The keynote address will be delivered by The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) director Feleti Teo.
Topics for the sessions on Day-One will include Resource and Supply, tuna Industry and Investment Opportunities while on Day-Two (Thursday) include-Global Tuna Trade and Markets, Financing Tuna Projects concluding with Sustainability, Eco-labelling and Technological Development.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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