PENANG is indeed proud to be the first destination in Asia to host the World Seafood Congress 2019 in September.
Themed ‘Seafood Supply Chains of the Future,’ the three-day congress from Sept 9 to 11 at Setia SPICE Convention Centre in Relau, will bring the latest trends in seafood industry.
“The congress has now become the platform for exchanging information, ideas and concepts pertaining to the seafood sector,” Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow told a press conference in Komtar today.
‘Seafood also plays a significant role for Malaysia as the industry offers employment opportunities and income.
“Fishing, shipping and maritime trade have historically dominated sea activities in Penang.
“Penang has shown tremendous results in the fishery industry as in year 2017, seafood production in Penang reached the third highest wholesale value in the country after Perak and Kedah.
“Penang is currently the third largest producer of aquaculture in the country after Sabah and Sarawak.
“Besides that, from the tourism view, I wish to highlight that the World Seafood Congress 2019 is estimated to bring an approximate RM2 million economic impact to Penang with the targeted 350 regional delegates.”
The World Seafood Congress was initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).
The first was held in 1969 in Halifax, Canada.
State Tourism Development, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said that the World Seafood Congress would bring researchers, academicians and professionals of the global seafood industry and the latest in seafood supply chain technologies under one roof.
“I hope that Penang’s success will help to pave the way for other world-class events in future,” Yeoh added.
Story by K. Thaarshenii
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