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Pakistan Secures Chairmanship of INFOFISH for the first time in history

ISLAMABAD: The nominated Chairman INFOFISH by the Government of Pakistan, Rizwan Ahmed, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Maritime Affairs chaired the 35th Virtual Meeting of Governing Council earlier today and invited Federal Minister Syed Ali Haider Zaidi as Guest of Honour.

Federal Minister Syed Ali Haider Zaidi addressed the 35th Virtual meeting of Governing Council. In his speech, he spoke about Ministry of Maritime Affairs’ commitment to get things back on track, and the progress Ministry has made in this regard by involving and consulting all relevant stake holders.

He also shared how Ministry is working on policy intervention which are in line with the fishing practices up to international standards.

Informing the participants about Kamyab Jawan Program which was launched under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, he explained the various aspects of this project. Minister Zaidi said that Government will empower the poor fishermen by giving them loans on subsidized rates with very low or zero interest.

This will enhance entrepreneurship among the poor fishermen and will contribute massively to the national economy. In this scheme significant number of lower income fishermen will get benefited.

“On the successful completion of 35 years of service as an Intergovernmental Organization, INFOFISH, I am happy to note that the Organization has expanded its activities over the years covering fishing technology, handling and processing, aquaculture, environmental studies and a wide range of projects and consultancies” said the Minister.

In the end by taking the opportunity, he requested INFOFISH to start its interventions in Pakistan specially in the development and improvement of product value chain, development of shrimp aquaculture and product development.

In GC meeting, 10 countries (Pakistan, Srilanka, Thailand, Philippine, Bangladesh, Fiji, Malaysia, Maldives, Iran) participated along with observers (Worldfish Center, NACA).

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