Fisheries Ministers from Parties to Nauru Agreement (PNA) countries have signed a communique at the end of their two-day Ministerial Meeting through virtual platform.
The communique is based on the outcomes of the meeting which the Ministers have agreed to implement in 2021.
Solomon Islands Minister of Fisheries Hon Nestor Giro signed the communique on behalf of the Solomon Islands government.
Fisheries Ministers spent the two days deliberating on key corporate and policy issues of importance including a new sustainable funding strategy for the PNA Office and a focussed business plan.
“On policy matters, I note our take on the significant fisheries management and compliance issues we need to be at the forefront.
“These issues no doubt, shapes what PNA is and must be addressed head on. I believe with our hard working officers at our side, we can find suitable solutions to address these issues. Minister giro said in his opening statement.
He stressed the positive decisions reached in the meeting, will ensure the governance of PNA is rock solid as members navigate through their many fisheries management, compliance and development challenges to ensure the sustainability and profitability of our fisheries.
Minister Giro reiterated that these issues calls for continuous commitment to cooperate together, to tackle challenges together as one PNA and to be united at all times. And such unity and solidarity must be reflected in all decisions we take as PNA. This is not a new call but an encouragement to meet these rising and increasing fisheries challenges in the face of the COVID 19 pandemic, Minister Giro said.
The signed communique will be implemented in 2021.