Tuesday, 1 October 2013 00:45
The Sri Lanka-Norway Business Matchmaking Program (BMMP) delegation from the Sri Lankan Fishery and Aquaculture industry who visited the International Aqua-Nor Exhibition in Trondheim, Norway met with Grete Løchen, the Norwegian Ambassador. Prema Cooray of the CCC and Senior Adviser of the Norwegian Embassy, Vijayanathan Loganathan also participated.
This is the first time a delegation from Sri Lanka visited this exhibition, which is considered as the leading international event for aquaculture. The delegation consisted of Roshan Fernando – Tropic Frozen Foods Ltd., Anura Paranagama – Aqua ’n Green Ltd., Dr. Harsha Navaratne – Sevalanka Foundation, Irfan Thassim – Oceanpick Ltd., Channa Weeratunga, Global Sea Foods Ltd. and the Project director of BMMP Gerry Suraweera
Sri Lankan delegates thanked the Norwegian Ambassador for the support provided to them through the funding from NORAD which has supported the fishery industry for more than two decades. Delegates also related their experiences and the possibilities of transfer of technologies from Norwegian aquaculture giants and fish processing companies. The Norwegian Ambassador stated that the Embassy would give their fullest cooperation.
A meeting that was organised for the delegates at the exhibition to present their companies and to interact with interested business partners was attended by about 20 Norwegian companies.
The delegates stated that this visit has given them excellent exposure to the latest aquaculture technologies, related equipment and fish processing techniques in the world. They are very keen to form a consortium to start a pilot project in Sri Lanka with the latest fish cage technology. They feel that if a not start is not made now it will be a great loss of opportunity as the wild fish catch is fast diminishing all over the world.