The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Fisheries and Trade for the Government of Tuvalu, Minute Alapati Taupo paid a courtesy last week to the Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau at the Ministry of Fisheries, National Support Office in Suva.
The visit was an opportunity for them to continue with their discussions on collaboration in fisheries priority areas which had began in December last year during the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Taupo said that Tuvalu is interested in working with Fiji to help deliver the lack of raw materials to Fiji’s processing facilities and at the same time look at opportunities to domesticate their Tuvaluan tuna fleet while creating employment opportunities for Tuvaluans.
Koroilavesau responded and stated that Fiji and Tuvalu relations have come a long way.
“Apart from training Tuvalu fishermen, the government through Fiji’s Fisheries ministry have solidified this with an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which enabled Fiji to assist Tuvalu in it’s Observer Program and discussions on setting limits to South Pacific Albacore,” said Mr Koroilavesau.
Both leaders are optimistic that in the coming months, discussions will be finalised in order to roll out the planned programme.