Top global marine life academics to descend on Penang for congress

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GEORGE TOWN: Penang has won the right to host the annual World Seafood Congress (WSC) in 2019.

This followed two years’ of strong bidding by Malaysia and other countries in the region, such as Thailand, China and Japan.

The congress will gather the best minds in marine life and exchange information on matters of food security and seafood processing from around the world.

The WSC was initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido). The congress comes under The International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI).

Marine life experts will gather at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre in September 2019 for the congress.

State think-tank Penang Institute, and the Penang Convention and Exhibition Bureau are the main organisers.

The bid for the congress was led by Penang executive councillors Abdul Malik Abul Kassim and Dr Afif Bahardin, Jawi assemblyman Soon Lip Chee and Penang Institute executive director Ooi Kee Beng in Iceland.

“As the first Asian host for this premium congress series, Penang can now represent the region in this very important industry.

“As the local host, we will draw on national and regional connections to prepare for a congress worthy of Asia’s new position in the global economy,” Penang Institute’s Ooi said at a press conference in Komtar today.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the congress will also help focus efforts on improving the fishing industry in the state and country, learning from experts in the sector.

“In 2016, Penang’s fishery sector recorded a revenue of RM1.3 billion.

“We believe this congress will bring more awareness and innovation to our fishery industry and expose our local policymakers to world standards and current practices,” he said.