With seven months till the hosting of two essential events for the fisheries industry in Papua New Guinea, the National Fisheries Authority (NFA) has already showed their support as the co-host of these forums, alongside INFOFISH.
The Inaugural Pacific Seafood and Technology Exposition, and the Sixth Pacific Tuna Forum, will be held in Port Moresby on September 12-14, and will look to accommodate people from around the world to seeing what the Pacific can offer in the fisheries and seafood industry.
At the launching of the payments system and marketing website link for the events, National Fisheries Authority Board Chairman, Job Pomat, delivered a speech on fisheries and marine resources minister, Mao Zeming’s behalf, saying it will be an opportunity for PNG and Pacific island based sea food suppliers to showcase their products and develop partnerships in order to meet market demands.
Zeming said hosting these two events was the outcome of a challenge he had issued at the last Pacific Tuna Forum, for INFOFISH, NFA and other regional organisations to consider establishing an additional event focused on promoting and supporting the Pacific Islands based fishing and seafood industry.
Also at the launch was INFOFISH Malaysia Acting Director, Shirlene Maria Anthonysamy, who said it is an opportune time to bring global fisheries to the Pacific.
“The events open an array of prospects for the Pacific seafood industry. The Pacific region is also the global hub for tuna, sporting more than 50% of the world’s tuna catches thus also the perfect location to host the convention of the Pacific tuna industry,” Anthonysamy said.
“The programme this year will not just discuss the challenges and updates of the tuna industry, it will also present opportunities for expansion, growth of the SMEs including investment and market opportunities, market access social responsibility as well as processing and technological developments.”
The Pacific Seafood and Technology Expo will be held at the Sir John Guise Stadium with the theme ‘Connecting World Seafood with the Pacific’. For more information about the expo, visit their website.