Equipment Boost For Fisheries
A gift presented to the Ministry of Fisheries yesterday from the Republic of Korea reaffirmed their friendship and working commitment.
The ministry received USD$74,710 (F$154,280.45) worth of grant in aid equipment. Deputy secretary for Fisheries Sanaila Naqali said the country’s fisheries resources were the heart of the nation.
He said this during the official handing over of KOFCA Grant Aid equipment under the 2016 Ocean Aid Project at the fisheries training hostel in Lami.
“Not only does it contribute significantly to Fiji’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), it also sustains Fiji’s livelihood and ensures food security for all Fijians,” he said.
“Fiji and South Korea’s diplomatic relations has always been strong and durable, and dates back to 1971. The sector has been given a boost with a fifth gift of grant in aid equipment from the Republic of Korea since its commencement in 2012.
“I must thank the executive director of Korea Fisheries Association and Embassy of Korea in Fiji for working together with the officials of the Fisheries Department to have identified equipment and important resources to aid in improving the Department’s technical capacity and service delivery to fishing communities in Fiji.”
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries assistant director International Co-operation Division, Lee Young-hoon, said for 2016 Ocean Aid Project, small boats, motorbikes and other products would be provided according to the request of Ministry of Fisheries and Forest of the Republic of Fiji.
“The MOF sincerely hopes that Korea’s modest donation to your ministry will provide some assistance for the development of Fiji’s fisheries industry and that the existing co-operative relations between our two nations will be further reinforced in the years ahead,” Mr Young-hoon said.
Edited by Naisa Koroi