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Minister of State for National Development and Defence, Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman (8th from left), with AVA CEO, Ms Tan Poh Hong, and AVA Deputy CEO for Corporate & Technology, Mr Lee Kwong Weng.

Singapore Hosts 46th SEAFDEC Council Meeting

AVA represented Singapore in hosting the 46th annual meeting of Council of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC) from 1 to 4 April 2014. SEAFDEC is a regional inter-governmental organisation that promotes the development of sustainable fisheries in Southeast Asia by mutual co-operation among 10 ASEAN Member Countries, and through collaboration with other international organisations and governments.

Minister of State for National Development and Defence, Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman, who opened the meeting, said: “Sustainable fisheries, fishing, and aquaculture are key in promoting food security. Through this meeting, we aim to harness the potential of the region and holistically address global issues on sustainable fisheries, and reaffirm our commitment to develop and promote capabilities in sustainable fisheries management and innovative aquaculture technologies.”

The meeting noted the good progress and achievements of SEAFDEC in 2013, and approved the proposed programme of activities to be undertaken in 2014. Some notable outcomes were: