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The National Action Plan on Sustainable Fisheries Development in 2010-2020
MARD and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) jointly held two two-day seminars on “Building the national action plan for the sustainable development of the fisheries sector upon Viet Nam’s accession to the WTO during the period 2010-2012” in Hai Phong in June 4-5 and in Can Tho city in June 8-9, 2009
Viet Nam’s seafood export industry is reported to be among the fastest grown ones in the world, with an average growth rate of 18 percent in term of value in the period 1998-2008. Seafood products made in Viet Nam are now present in 160 markets worldwide, including three major market blocks EU, Japan, the U.S., and new emerging markets like Central Europe, the Middle East and America as well.

Shrimp and Pangasius remained the key export seafood items of the country. Shrimp exports albeit increased, its share in export product structure decreased. Pangasius exports have experienced miraculous growths since 2000. In 2008 alone, Pangasius exports reached640,000MT, accounting for nearly 50 percent of the country’s seafood export volume.

However, there remain difficulties and challenges ahead. Therefore, it is vital to build the National Action Plan on Sustainable Fisheries Development, especially after Viet Nam became a full member of WTO. To do this, it is advised to review, adjust and amend the legislative system in accordance with the country’s development level and position in the international fisheries community; ensure respect and harmonization to international agreements and treaties on responsible fisheries; and protect customers’ rights.

Viet Nam should invest in more modern and cleaner technologies, back up the establishment of ASEAN Fisheries Federation, a non-governmental organization, to strengthen regional relationship, minimize unhealthy competition, and improve efficiency in negotiating with international partners. Especially, it is vital to regularly provide updated information on international market situations for seafood producers, processors and exporters. (Vietfish News)
(Source Vasep Vasep, 23 July 2009)
27/06/2010