Marine health to highlight APEC Summit 2013

Indonesia already has its own important agenda to be conveyed in the summit."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The marine health in the world food procurement will highlight the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Bali in October 2013, according to an official of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Ministry.

"Indonesia already has its own important agenda to be conveyed in the summit," Anang Noegroho, Acting Head of Data Statistic and Information Center at the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries said in a statement here on Wednesday.

He said that ahead of the great event, Indonesia will collaborate with related, competent partners such as the Netherlands, the World Bank, and the Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) to organize Asia Conference on Oceans, Food Security and Blue Growth (ACOFB) from June 18-21, 2013 at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali.

"The international event is scheduled to be synergized with the launch of the Marine and Fisheries Investment Forum (MFIF) and Indian Oceans and Pacific Conference (IOPAC) on June 18," he said.

According to him, this regional conference will expect about 300 attendees from from APEC countries` representatives, business professionals, international organizations, marine and fishery scientists, academics and practitioners, as well as the related stakeholders.

Meanwhile, Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Sharif C. Sutardjo told the press here on Wednesday that to date 251 attendees from 24 Asia-Pacific and other countries, as well as 15 regional and international organization representatives have confirmed to attend the forum.

Sharif said Asia Conference on Oceans, Food Security and Blue Growth (ACOFB) will discuss four main topics, namely "Provoking Issues on Oceans, Food Security and Blue Growth"; "Food Security in a Changing Ocean Environment"; "Identification of Key Issues by Sharing Experiences and Knowledge in Formulating Asia Road map Initiatives"; and "Oceans, Food Security, and Blue Growth: Alignment and Asian Road map for Recommendation".

After the launch, the event will be proceeded to the presentation of "Ocean Policy Directive Linkage with Investment Guidance Towards Food Security 2020".

The keynote speakers include the Minister of Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, The Minister of Agriculture of People`s Republic of China, The Minister of Agriculture of India and The State Minister for Research and Technology of Republic of Indonesia.

"The keynote speakers to attend the Summit include FAO, the World Bank, INFOFISH, JICA, Worldfish Center, SEAFDEC, Conservation International, MRC, IOR-ARC, WWF, PNA, South Korea`s KMI, SOA, ADB, Indonesia`s Chambers of Commerce, PT. Kelola Mina Laut, the Marine and Fishery R&D Center, Kajiskan National Committee and Asian Fishery Society," Sharif explained.

The MFIF to be held for one day on June 18 will include talk show, success story, marine and fishery investment and business opportunity presentation and the investment business facilitation.

And the IOPAC to be held for three days from June 18-20 will 0000 include a plenary meeting, a parallel meeting on the Understanding of the Ocean Phenomena, Ocean Resources Exploitation and Socio-economic Impacts and Sustainable Benefits.

"The Conference is expected to be able to generate recommendations supported by the framework of MFIF and IOPAC in order to develop the roadmap and the plan of action for the Asia`s coastal countries which is planned to be submitted in the Global Summit on Oceans, Food Security, Climate Change and Blue Growth in The Hague, the Netherlands, on September 9-13," Sharif said.
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