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Pacific Islands SMEs cash in after expo with big orders

News 25 Sep 2018

Small and medium fishing firms from the Pacific Islands have given a ringing endorsement of Seafood Expo Asia after securing big orders since the trade show.

Seven Pacific Islands companies participated at the show in Hong Kong -- held from Sept. 4-6 -- with the support of non-governmental organization Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA). Of the seven companies, one secured orders from two buyers worth several million US dollars, said FFA.

Jacob Kamau, managing director of Tatiduh Seafood based in Papua New Guinea said: “Two companies have placed firm orders which surpass our annual volume.” Others are still negotiating and finalizing sales, said FFA.

“This is a very new area of support for us and we are pleased to see that results are showing immediately," said FFA deputy director general, Matt Hooper. "SMEs in the Pacific face a lot of challenges including access to markets. Therefore, it’s truly a sign of success to see that the companies we supported are already getting secure orders."

The seven FFA-supported companies were Tatiduh Seafoods; Golden Ocean, Solander, Sealand Processors and Sea Quest Limited from Fiji; Fuko Fishing Company from Tonga and Kiribati Fish Limited from Kiribati. Products firms showcased included locally-caught tuna, red fish, shrimp, and octopus.

source: Undercurrent News