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Business Forum ~ Fishery sector in Pacific ~

Pacific Islands Centre takes initiative on the “The Project for Economic Recovery Through Promotion of Trade, Investment and Tourism in Pacific Countries” with the support of the Japanese government, together with PIFS. As part of this project, we have decided to hold a business forum in the fishery sector.

Pacific island countries are aiming to diversify their industries by utilizing their greatest natural resource, marine resources, and to revitalize their domestic economies through this diversification.

They have high expectations for the improvement of value-added products and expansion of employment opportunities in the processing industry, and they are also actively seeking to attract aquaculture businesses from the perspective of protecting marine resources and expanding exports of farmed fish.

This Fisheries Business Forum aims to provide Japanese companies in a wide range of fisheries-related fields with opportunities to engage in fisheries-related businesses in Pacific island countries from various perspectives by introducing the current status and specific examples of fisheries-related businesses in Pacific island countries and business investment support schemes.

This forum will be held in-person only. Please refer to the report article that will be posted after the forum.


Organized by Pacific Islands Centre
Commissioned by QUNIE Corporation
Supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Fisheries Agency
Overseas Fisheries Cooperation Foundation (OFCF)
Marino Forum 21
Date Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Time 14:00-16:00
Venue Nihonbashi Congress Square (Tokyo, Japan)

Program(JPN time)
*Note: Speakers/presentation tiles are subject to change without prior notice.

14:00-14:05 Opening remarks
Mr. Ryuzo Saito
Director at Pacific Islands Centre
14:05-14:35 Presentation1:Opportunities and challenges for coastal fisheries and aquaculture in Pacific Island Countries and Territories
Mr. Neville Smith
Director, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystem at Pacific Community
14:35-15:05 Presentation2:Current Status and Prospects of Mozuku Harvesting and Aquaculture Business in the Kingdom of Tonga
Mr. Masa Kawaguchi
Director at South Pacific Mozuku Tonga Ltd.
15:05-15:40 Presentation3:Status, challenges and development potential of the fisheries sector in the Pacific region
Mr. Shunji Sugiyama
International Cooperation Specialist (Fisheries Sector) at JICA
Presentation4:Overview of JICA’s Cooperation and Private Sector Partnership in the Pacific
Mr. Akira Nishimoto
Senior Assistant Director, Pacific and Southeast Asia Division 6
Southeast Asia and Pacific Department at JICA
15:40-16:00 Q&A