PM TO ATTEND PNA MEETING

(Ms Afasene Iosefa)

Tuvalu’s Prime Minister Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga has left the country on Saturday last week. He is to attend the second PNA Leader’s Summit to be held in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Hon. Sopoaga said that prior to this meeting which is scheduled to the 2nd of March is the Special PNA Ministerial Meeting from 26 – 28 February also to take place in Majuro. This is a preparatory meeting for the 2nd PNA Leader’s Summit.

However, the Prime Minister said the main objective of the Leader’s meeting is to develop the future pathway for the PNA.

‘We, leaders to the PNA will also look and make plans for the protection of our sea resources. There are so many foreign fishing vessels fishing in our waters and the parties to the Nauru Agreement have been concerned mainly with the management of tuna purse-seine fishing in the Western and central Pacific Ocean. So we have to preserve and manage our sea resources properly,’ he said.

“For Tuvalu, we have two main resources, one is our people and secondly is our sea. And Tuvalu is fully supporting the idea of increasing the fishing licenses for foreign fishing vessels fishing in our waters.’

Both meetings are funded by the PNA and the Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA.

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