L to R: Japan Counsellor & Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Tsuguyoshi Hada, Director Fisheries Ms. Mere Lakeba, WiFN Fiji Project Officer Mr. Joeli Bili

The Fiji Ministry of Fisheries is committed in being recognised as the best in Pacific fisheries.

These were the sentiments shared by senior government officials during the launch of the Ministry 10-years Strategic Plan that was held at the Grand Pacific Hotel on 22 November, 2019.

Deputy Secretary Ms. Atelaite Rokosuaka shared that working in partnership and collaboration with stakeholders was key to achieving their plans.

Permanent Secretary Mr. Craig Strong added that  the ministry looks forward to working with its stakeholders over the next period of time as the ministry strives to achieve its vision of having the best fisheries in the Pacific and executing its mission of sustaining, managing and protecting Fiji Fisheries.

“To   harness   the   balance   between   resource   utilization and resource conservation requires the concurrent & consistent application of our economic, social and environmental priorities. We all have a critical mandate to ensure that our natural resources are sustainable.” he added.

“Our aim is by 2029 to have earned the respect of the Fijian people because of the work we do and the impact that we have made. To achieve this we will need to deliver consistent quality, namely, quality in our people, having the right capability and capacity to effectively service our customers, quality in our processes, quality in the execution of our processes and quality in our policy framework”.

The launch was attended by key stakeholders from across the fisheries sector, donors, private sector officials, donors and senior government officials.