Tilapia being harvested at a Vietnamese fish farm. (Photo: MARD)
Cooperation deal signed with Egypt
Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 21:40 (GMT + 9)
Vietnam and Egypt on Monday signed a fishing and aquaculture co-operation agreement that will fortify their respective field agencies.
The agreement was signed in Ho Chi Minh City by Luong Le Phuong, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Prof. Dr. Mohamed Fathy Osman, President of the General Authority for Fish Resources Development, VNA reported.
Under the accord, Vietnam will provide short-term training courses on aquaculture in the open sea and cage fish breeding for Egyptian experts and technicians.
The two countries will exchange visits by fishery and aquaculture officials, experts, and technicians as well as aquatic product quality controllers.
They pledged to encourage their fishing and aquaculture research and training facilities to team up in developing incubation and breeding technologies for aquatic varieties, including fish and shrimp.
The two countries will encourage relevant agencies to exchange the results of fishing and aquaculture studies and examinations of aquatic product quality, as well as publications that promote fish farming.
They further agreed to facilitate private co-operation, investment and partnership in the breeding of seawater and freshwater fish, intensive fish farming, and other fields.
The two countries agreed to hold their third meeting in Cairo, Egypt, in the second half of 2011.
While in Vietnam from 4 - 10 May, the Egyptian delegation held working sessions with a number of Vietnamese fish farming establishments.
They met with counterparts from relevant public agencies, research institutes and businesses in Ho Chi Minh City and the southern provinces of Tien Giang and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
On 16 February 2004, the Vietnamese Ministry of Fisheries and the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation signed a memorandum of understanding on fish resources development.
The two sides held their first meeting in Hanoi on 9 December 2004.
By Denise Recalde