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Papua New Guinea Fisheries Minister Patrick Basa has announced that the National Fisheries Authority (NFA) will be investing in dedicated processing facilities in strategic locations around the country.
Basa announced the plans at the opening of the 1st Pacific Seafood and Trade Exposition on Tuesday.
He said the facilities would assist small to medium enterprise (SMEs) to prepare, package and store their products for export to markets.
Although the Minister did not disclose how much they would cost and how many would be set up, he said the exercise would be captured in the NFA budget and plans for the next three years starting 2018.
NFA deputy managing director Philip Polon said the plans were nothing new.
He said NFA had previously set up and managed them but for other reasons had gone down.
A factor had been that some business had taken on the challenge and begun operating similar set ups.
He said NFA had decided back then not to pursue the operations as it felt private sector was better suited for the task.
However it would be revisiting this concept to boost the contributions by SMEs to the national economy.
Meanwhile, tuna is the natural resource that binds the people and nations of the Pacific region, says National Fisheries Authority chief John Kasu.
Kasu made the remark during the official opening of the 6th Pacific Tuna Forum held in Port Moresby.
“Tuna provides protein for many of our communities. It is a major revenue earner for many of our governments in the Pacific. To some, it is the single source of revenue,” Kasu said.
“Even some of our bilateral and multilateral arrangements with leading economies and countries around the world are all based on tuna.”
The theme of the 6th Pacific Tuna Forum, which began Wednesday and will end today, is ‘Fostering Greater Social, Economic and Financial Benefits through Sustainable Tuna Management and Development’.
“The Pacific Tuna Forum is an initiative of Papua New Guinea Government through the National Fisheries Authority in partnership with INFOFISH and our regional fisheries management organisations,” Kasu said.
“It is the only premier tuna industry event in the Pacific region that brings together policy makers, fisheries managers, NGOs and industry players together to discuss issues and matters of importance for the sustainable development and management of the tuna fisheries in our national waters and the Pacific region.”
Kasu said the theme of the tuna forum resonates with the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting theme ‘The Blue Pacific, our Sea of Islands, Our Security through Sustainable Development, Management and Conservation.’ He also encouraged discussions amongst the delegates to address regional priority actions to increase economic returns for the region’s fisheries resources and also the implementation of the Regional Roadmap for Sustainable Fisheries.
“I urge this conference to consider and make contributions on how we as a region, with our respective domestic industries and our distant water fishing nation’s partners discuss approaches that can lead to the fulfillment of our goals outlined in the roadmap that are critical for the wellbeing, livelihoods and resilience of our Pacific people.”.
source: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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