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Japan on feasibility visit for Buchanan fishing port

Jos Garneo Cephas
L-R: NaFAA’s DDGA Manoballah, DG Glassco, and Japanese Fisheries Delegation
L-R: NaFAA’s DDGA Manoballah, DG Glassco, and Japanese Fisheries Delegation

MONROVIA, LIBERIA- A delegation from the government of Japan is in Liberia as guest of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA).

The delegation, arrived Sunday January 6, 2019, is expected to carry out a three-day visit of major fishing communities in Buchanan city and its environs, with the goal of conducting feasibility for the construction of a fishing port in Buchanan city.

The team comprises Dr. Naohiko Watanuki and Mr. Wataru Iwasaki, Senior Consultant and Architect respectively of the Japanese owned Overseas Agri-Fisheries Consultants Limited (OAFIC Co., Ltd.). OAFIC Ltd. is one of Japan's largest comprehensive consulting company specializing in the fisheries, livestock, agriculture and other related sectors including environment.

According to a NaFAA Press release, the Japanese Head of delegation,   Dr. Naohiko Watanuki, lauded the management of NaFAA for efforts made in strengthening bilateral relations with the fisheries authorities of Japan.

Dr. Watanuki also expressed his government’s interest in exploring the possibility for the provision of motorized fishing boats for artisanal fishermen across Liberia to isolate the attending disadvantage encountered by local fishermen when using the peddling canoes, as opposed to their foreign counterparts.

For her part, the Director General of NaFAA, Emma Metieh-Glassco, during the closed door meeting recounted on behalf of her management team several meetings been held between the two governments in Tokyo and Monrovia, been geared towards strengthening bilateral relationship as well as exploring investment opportunities in the sector.

Metieh-Glassco welcomed the move by her Japanese counterpart to explore the possibility of constructing an infrastructure for a fishing village in Buchanan.

However, she proposed a replication of the Japanese constructed fishing port project in Lome, Togo which she believes is sophisticated and meets acceptable international standards.

According to the NaFAA boss, the selection of Buchanan for the proposed project is best suited, as it is the second largest coastal county in the country next to Montserrado, with a total of twenty-two fishing communities.


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