Calling applications for fisheries, agriculture training in China

Emerging leaders in fisheries and agriculture are encouraged to apply to join a three-week training programme in China, 28 June – 12 July 2017.

A previously held training session with Pacific Island participants in Japan.

The programme will feature lectures in Beijing, site visits in coastal provinces of Shandong and Fujian and culminate in a major Seminar in the fisheries hub of Fuzhou: “China-Pacific Islands 21st Century Maritime Silk road: fisheries and agriculture cooperation.”

The programme is designed to strengthen understanding of the latest research, technical innovation and practical applications to add value to Pacific Islands fisheries and agriculture.  Amongst the areas to be covered for fisheries will be tuna processing, cold chain logistics, aquaculture technology, quality, safety and traceability systems.  In agriculture, the course will examine vegetable production and processing, mushroom development and tropical pest control.

The course is hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, which covers all costs of approved participants.  The program is developed and delivered in cooperation with Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (China).

“This is a good opportunity to learn about the latest practical knowledge to improve economic development in fisheries and agriculture, sectors that are of key importance to Pacific Island communities”, said David Morris, Beijing-based Pacific Islands Trade and Investment Commissioner.

Private sector participants are encouraged, as well as government experts from Pacific Island Countries that enjoy diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China.

PT&I (China) is partnering with Fujian Provincial Government to deliver the Seminar in Fuzhou on 11 July, to which all participants will be invited.  The program will feature an address from the Deputy Governor as well as opportunities to hear from and meet key Chinese investors interested to support value-added fisheries and agriculture development in the Pacific Islands.  Potential participants with proposals for future practical cooperation are especially welcome to apply.

Last year, twelve fisheries and agriculture businesses and government experts participated in the annual training course, drawn from Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and the Cook Islands.

Applications and enquiries should be made to yolanda.jiang@pacifictradeinvest.org.cn by 5 May, including full contact details.

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