Sri Lanka will feature a rare international confab this November –and many top global fishery experts and exporters will gather together in one place for the first time in South Asia.
“First ever International Ornamental Fish Conference to be held in Sri Lanka is taking place this November with EDB’s support. We thank Malaysia based INFOFISH for affording this opportunity to Sri Lanka” said Bandula Egodage, Chairman/CEO-EDB yesterday (Aug. 12) at EDB.
Chairman Egodage was at a meeting with Dr. Abdul BasirKunhimohammed (Director General- INFOFISH) yesterday at EDB. Visiting INFOFISH DG Dr.Kunhimohammed is currently in Colombo to hold preparatory meetings with Lankan stakeholders for the first ever INFOFISH Global Conference to be held in Sri Lanka titled “Sri Lankan International Ornamental Fish Conference” scheduled on 10-11 November at Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo.
Since they are willing to share their experiences with local ornamental industry, this will be a rare first time opportunity for Sri Lankan fishery sector to directly network and learn important lessons from international experts right here in Colombo-and all such leading figures gathering together at the same time in one location, said INFOFISH DG Dr.Kunhimohammed.
I urge the Lankan and regional fishery sectors to make the most of this. Some of the top presenters are not only fishery experts but are also leading international fishery businesspersons, he added.
The Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia based INFOFISH is an inter-governmental organization across 14 countries and provides marketing information and technical advisory services to the fishery industries of the Asia-Pacific region. Specially, it’s the leading source of marketing support for fish producers and exporters in the region. In addition to exhibitions, conferences, workshops, seminars and training programs, INFOFISH also undertakes consultancies on all aspects of fisheries. Also joining the 12 August meeting were DrYousufMaraikkar (ED-EDB) and reps from both NAQDA and NARA.
In 2013, Sri Lanka exported $10.7mn of ornamental fish, a surge of 41% from 2012’s exports. US, UK, Germany, Japan and France were the top five importers from Sri Lanka in Y‘13.
Minister of Industry and Commerce RishadBathiudeen inaugurated the 26th session of INFOFISH Governing Council held in Colombo in 2011 December. Therefore INFOFISH is no stranger to us. EDB wants to enlist stakeholders of Lankan fisheries such as the Fisheries Ministry, National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka (NAQDA) and National Aquatic Resources Agency (NARA), said Mr. Egodage.
“Ornamental fisheries sector in Sri Lanka is very cottage and SME level and has been identified as a potential export development segment” said SujathaWeerakoon (DG-EDB). “Therefore we need to give them not only knowledge and resources, but even networking and international linkages as well. This is the reason we decided to do this global event in Sri Lanka in November so that international participants will discuss important aspects with the local participants. We are anticipating 200 to 300 participants of which one third will be foreign” DG Weerakoon added.