Lack of tech­ni­cal ca­pac­i­ties in­volv­ing Our Oceans an Is­sue says A-G

Fiji Sun - - Business - KATHRIN KR­ISHNA EDITED BY: JY­OTI PRAT­I­BHA

Lack of tech­ni­cal ca­pac­i­ties when deal­ing with is­sues in­volv­ing health of our ocean has been an is­sue in the Pa­cific Is­land na­tions, says Min­is­ter for Econ­omy and At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Speak­ing at the open­ing of the three-day Com­mon­wealth Ma­rine Economies Pro­gramme Work­shop at the Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel in Suva yes­ter­day, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said our ocean is our as­set base. “That is very much part and par­cel of our as­set base and look­ing at it from a fi­nan­cial per­spec­tive, we need to pro­tect our as­set base.” He said any lack in care and pro­tec­tion of such as­set base would lead to di­min­ish­ing in its qual­ity.

“It is very crit­i­cal be­cause this as­set is not go­ing to grow, the ar­eas that we have is not go­ing to grow but the chal­lenge we would have is that our pop­u­la­tion num­bers will grow. “As our Prime Min­is­ter has high­lighted quite force­fully in the global arena, we need other na­tions to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for that and we need to high­light how crit­i­cal it is that they un­der­stand the im­pact of their ac­tions on economies like ours.” He added that one of the fun­da­men­tal prob­lems that we have had in Pa­cific Is­land coun­tries is a lack of ca­pac­ity and the tech­ni­cal ca­pac­ity within our in­di­vid­ual coun­tries. He said hav­ing ex­perts from other coun­tries and to be able to work with them and lo­cal coun­ter­parts will help us create that level of knowl­edge, that we can then use to see what best we can do, to be able to pro­tect the in­di­vid­ual en­vi­ron­ment that we have. The three-day work­shop will end on Thurs­day.

That is very much part and par­cel of our as­set base and look­ing at it from a fi­nan­cial per­spec­tive, we need to pro­tect our as­set base.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Min­is­ter for Econ­omy and At­tor­ney Gen­eral

Photo: Of­fice of the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral

Min­is­ter for Econ­omy and At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (fourth from left), The Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner to the Repub­lic of Fiji, Repub­lic of Kiri­bati, Repub­lic of the Mar­shall Is­lands, Fed­er­ated States of Mi­crone­sia, King­dom of Tonga and Tu­valu, Me­lanie Hop­kins (fifth from left), with par­tic­i­pants of the Com­mon­wealth Ma­rine Economies Pro­gramme Work­shop in Suva yes­ter­day.

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