July 26, Colombo: Asia Regional Ministerial Meeting on Aquaculture Food Security, Nutrition and Economic Development will be held from July 28-29 at the Hilton Hotel in Colombo.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will inaugurate the two-day ministerial conference on Thursday (28).
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) have organized the conference in association with the Sri Lankan government.
This is the first time a ministerial level meeting is held with the participation of fisheries ministers. The idea of convening a ministerial meeting has been proposed by Sri Lanka’s Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.
Minister Senaratne addressing a news conference yesterday has said that this is the first time a conference of this magnitude is being held in the Asian Pacific Region. He said that Sri Lanka and Thailand bid for holding this conference and due to the support given by India the FAO decided to hold the conference in Sri Lanka.
Ministers of Fisheries or their representatives from 18 countries are expected to participate in the meeting with representatives from major banks, the European Union, donor agencies and representatives from on-going major regional project managers on fisheries and aquaculture.
The meeting is expected to arrive at a declaration encompassing a commitment to regional cooperation in aquaculture development for food security, nutrition and economic development in Asia, According to NACA.