Representatives from 17 Norwegian fisheries and aquaculture companies visited Hồ Chí Minh City from November 7-15 to explore business opportunities and promote co-operation on sustainable aquaculture.
The companies also attended Norway – Việt Nam seminar on fishery processing and aquaculture organised in the city on November 13-14. The seminar was attracted by more than 120 representatives from the Directorate of Fisheries, local departments of fisheries, local fishing vessel owners and the Việt Nam Sea-Culture Association.
The seminar, which was organised by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Innovation Norway in coordination with the Directorate of Fisheries under the MARD, introduced Norway’s technologies and products for fisheries and fishing vessels, hatcheries, marine and pangasius farming, harvesting and processing. It also aimed to connect Vietnamese and Norwegian entrepreneurs in the sectors of catching, pangasius farming, marine culture, intensive shrimp farming and lobster farming.
The event discussed how to apply advanced technologies in the value chains of fisheries, aquaculture and processing in Việt Nam. Trần Đình Luân, Deputy general director of the Directorate of Fisheries, Norway’s technologies could help Việt Nam achieve sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. For his part, he also pointed out that the fisheries sector would focus on improving seafood quality, fish health, water treatment and traceability, and at the same time reduce mortality and use of antibiotics.
Harald Naevdal, commercial counselor of Norwegian Embassy in Hà Nội, said: “The marine business secgment is one of the most important elements in the business relations between Việt Nam and Norway.”“Norway has one of the most developed aquaculture industries in the world,” he said.
In recent decades, the co-operation between Norway and Việt Nam in the fisheries sector has contributed to the development of Việt Nam’s first law on fisheries and profitable and sustainable fish farming in the country.
In addition, Nha Trang University has also benefited from 20 years of academic co-operation with several prestigious universities in Norway with high competence in the marine sector, with the support of the Norwegian government.