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Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Hon Jelta Wong, MP, has stated that THE Prime Minister Hon James Marape has opened doors to create new market opportunities for PNG seafood exports to Japan. He said this when welcoming the Prime Minister upon his return from international duties.
“The Prime Minister is the first Minister of the nation, who as team captain supports each minister in our duties, and on behalf of the Fisheries sector l am very pleased to see the inroads he has created during recent international engagements,” Minister Wong said.
“During his meetings in Tokyo in particular, the Prime Minister opened doors to create new market opportunities for PNG seafood exports to Japan.
“We can sell more tuna, prawns and other seafood to Japan at a premium price, but that does not happen by magic. Negotiations between the PNG and Japan Governments, and between our governments with businesses in both countries, have to take place to make new trade happen. With the COVID-19 threat receding, now is the time to negotiate the return of direct flights to Tokyo, so they can carry our fresh tuna to meet high end market demand in Japan.
“The PM and his delegation drew the right people together to expand our fisheries exports, and we will have positive announcements on these matters in the coming weeks.”