Minister Seruiratu calls in INFOFISH International

The Minister of Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, and Primary Industries, Col. Inia Seruiratu, joined a 10-member delegation from his Ministries in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday 17 June. Mr. Seruiratu and his delegation paid a courtesy visit on INFOFISH International in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He with INFOFISH’s Director General, Dr. Abdul Basir Kunhimohammed, where he conveyed Cabinet’s recent approval for Fiji to join INFOFISH International. INFOFISH is an intergovernmental organization with 12 countries as members, the latest being Fiji. Also present was the Deputy Director General of Malaysia’s Federal Fisheries Authority.

“Fiji has been an observer for the last 25 years, although it was one of the countries that agreed to its set up. By becoming a member, Fiji recognizes the importance of INFOFISH and how it can assist in developing our fisheries sector through ”, said Minister Seruiratu.

“The decision is all part of Government’s policy to broaden Fiji’s engagement with international agencies”, said Minister Seruiratu. “While Fiji has a lot to contribute, it will also benefit from INFOFISH’s various technical assistance”, added Seruiratu.

Responding to Minister Seruiratu’s statement, Dr. Basir mentioned that INFOFISH was pleased with the Fijian Government’s decision. “INFOFISH welcomes the Fijian Government’s decision. We have been trying in the past to get Fiji on board and this decision will increase our scope of activities and assistance in the Pacific since Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands are already members”, said Dr. Basir.

Dr. Basir also relayed a request to Mr. Seruiratu for Fiji to host the Pacific Tuna Conference in 2015 which the Minister was very pleased to acknowledge. He also presented Fiji’s flag to Dr. Basir which, was hoisted last night at the INFOFISH Office, followed by the singing of Fiji’s national anthem.

Mr. Seruiratu will join the delegation, which is currently on a one week work visit. He will also call on his counterpart, the Minister of Rural and Regional Development. Yesterday, the delegation met with a number of businesspeople interested in engaging with Fiji, and the MARA Institute. The delegation also visited Malaysia’s agency responsible for trade, MATRADE.