RM3b fish­eries hub to trans­form state

New Straits Times - - News | Nation -

KUALA KEDAH: See­ing the tra­di­tional equip­ment used by lo­cal fish­er­men, China’s am­bas­sador to Malaysia, Dr Huang Huikang, is con­fi­dent that the Kedah In­te­grated Fish­ery Ter­mi­nal (KIFT) Project will help mod­ernise the coun­try’s fish­ing in­dus­try.

The RM3 bil­lion joint-ven­ture project be­tween the state gov­ern­ment and China’s Qing­daobased com­pany, Lu Haifeng In­vest­ment Co Ltd, will trans­form Kedah into an in­ter­na­tional fish­eries cen­tre in 10 years.

“The in­te­grated ter­mi­nal will pro­mote Kedah as an in­ter­na­tional fish­eries hub and at­tract in­vest­ments.

“Bring­ing in world-class aqua­cul­ture and fish­ery tech­nol­ogy will up­grade the in­dus­try.

“Af­ter an ob­ser­va­tion, I re­alised that the equip­ment and ves­sels here are the tra­di­tional equip­ment of the 1960s.

“The high-tech­nol­ogy used in KIFT can help mod­ernise the in­dus­try,” Huang said af­ter at­tend­ing a brief­ing ses­sion pre­sented by Lu Haifeng In­vest­ment Co Ltd ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Li Bin here yes­ter­day.

He said KIFT would be a mu­tual-ben­e­fit in­vest­ment for Malaysia and China.

“The project will be built in the spirit of mul­ti­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tions, open plat­form, tech­nol­ogy trans­fer and shar­ing of re­sources.

“It will be a win-win sit­u­a­tion and will bring long-term eco­nomic growth.”

Present were In­vest Kedah ad­viser Datuk Dr Cheah Soon Hai and Kedah Fish­ing Boat Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Toh Sang Chai.

The project in­volves the con­struc­tion of fa­cil­i­ties for the landing and pro­cess­ing of tuna fish.

Fully funded by the pri­vate com­pany, the ter­mi­nal will be the base for tuna fish­ing boats op­er­at­ing in the In­dian Ocean.

PIC BY SHAHRIZAL MD NOOR

Chi­nese am­bas­sador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang (fourth from left) be­ing briefed by In­vest Kedah ad­viser Datuk Dr Cheah Soon Hai (fifth from left) dur­ing the for­mer’s visit to the fish landing ter­mi­nal in Kuala Kedah yes­ter­day.

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