Vietnam to send three experts
By Paneetha Ameresekere
Vietnam has agreed to send three experts to Sri Lanka to aid it to develop its prawn and the country’s other aquaculture industries, the Fisheries Ministry said.
This took place when Minister Douglas Devananda met Vietnam’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Phan Kieu Thu, at the former’s Ministry Office in Colombo on Saturday.
These experts will share their knowledge with the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA), the Ministry said.
At this meeting, it was also agreed that the two countries should sign an agreement to develop Sri Lanka’s fisheries industry spanning a five-year period, from 2021 to 2025.
The agreement will include clauses covering the development of Sri Lanka’s sea cucumber and fresh water fisheries industries and other aspects of the country’s aquaculture industry which need a boost, together with the exchange of industry know-how, it further said.
A previous agreement signed between the two countries, in 2005, resulted in a number of projects being successfully executed in a span of four years, covering the period 2010 to 2013, the Minister had told the Ambassador.
Devananda and Phan were in agreement that the new agreement should complement the knowledge and practical insights gained from the implementation of the projects under the previous agreement, the Ministry said.