Lack of technical capacities involving Our Oceans an Issue says A-G
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.
Minister for Economy and 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.