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Fiji-PNG Host Tuna Forum

Fiji and Papua New Guinea will be working closely together on hosting the 5th Pacific Tuna Forum meeting at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in September this year. The
18 Jul 2015 11:11
Fiji-PNG Host Tuna Forum
Minister for Fisheries and Forests Osea Naiqamu (left), and the PNG Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Mao Zeming. Photo: Sheetal Prasad

Fiji and Papua New Guinea will be working closely together on hosting the 5th Pacific Tuna Forum meeting at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in September this year.

The event and memorandum of understanding signed on Thursday and was described as ‘remarkable’ by the Minister for Fisheries and Forests Osea Naiqamu.

“This is a significant moment for Fiji because it demonstrates that Fiji is willing to host such huge forums for the Pacific.

“This MOU will ensure the successful hosting of the Pacific Tuna Forum with arrangements, preparations and actual implementation collaboratively undertaken between Papua New Guinea through the National Fisheries Authority and the Government of Fiji through the Ministry of Fisheries and Forests.

“It is envisaged that having the Pacific Tuna Forum in Fiji will enable participants from other Pacific Islands to holistically appreciate the opportunities and challenges in tuna management, investment and trade in the region.”

He said this event in Fiji would be an opportunity to consolidate the management and development of the Pacific tuna resources.

“We hope that our partnership will be a very successful one and that it will fulfill the desired outcome which is the successful hosting of this biennial forum,” Mr Naiqamu said.

The PNG Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Mao Zeming reiterated the importance of strong partnerships in dealing with Pacific tuna management.

“I acknowledge and thank the Government of Fiji for its support in co-hosting this important forum.

“The fact that the Pacific Tuna Forum is held in Fiji allows for a greater level of ownership of this premier event by the region so that it can be incorporated into the formal work programme of a regional organisation such as the Forum Fisheries Agency.

“I am confident that our countries through our two fisheries organisations will work well together to deliver an excellent 5th Pacific Tuna Forum,” Mr Zeming said.

The Pacific Tuna Forum is an initiative of the PNG government through the National Fisheries Authority.

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