INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SEAFOOD Mauritius 02 – 03 March, 2006 Government Strategies for the Seafood Hub Presented by Mr. Daroomalingum MAUREE
Strategy 1 • To maximize benefits from the fishing activities and landings of tuna fleet operating in the region • Major tuna commercial catches worldwide • Succinct Outlook
Succinct Outlook • Value of landings ex-vessel price stands around 2 – 3 billions Euros • % of catches of SWIO from Indian Ocean catches is 30%, representing nearly 450 000 metric tonnes • Tuna fishing fleet in the SWIO • EU – 41 Purse seiners; 49 longliners • Non-EU (Mauritius) – 175 longliners • Under bilateral agreements: • Seychelles (10 Purse Seiners; 20 longliners) • Madagascar – In pipeline • Mozambique – MoU • Calling vessels at Port Louis - 727
Strategy 2: An effective and efficient operating environment • Political stability • Good governance • Rule of Law • Strategic location (cross-roads to trade routes among 4 continents – Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia) • An attractive investment location • Streamlining of investment procedures (Fast Track Committee Chaired by Prime Minister) • Ensuring an excellent service to operators (One Stop Shop and Electronic Platform, Ensuring confidentiality of data) • World Class Infrastructure for seafood • Modern, Efficient and Business Friendly Port • Excellent ancillary seafood related services • Preferential Market Access
Strategy 3: Marketing the Seafood Hub • Aggressive promotion of the Mauritian Seafood Hub on the international scene with a view to: • attracting more investors; • creating awareness about Mauritius as a seafood hub and establish contacts with global players from Europe, USA, South America, and Asia; and • ensuring that a growing sector will support an expanding and competitive range of service industries in the hub
Strategy 4: Committed to observing and enforcing the decisions of relevant regional fisheries management organizations and international fisheries agreements to ensure effective conservation, management and development of aquatic resources - IOTC • CCAMLR • FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries • Agreement for the implementation of provisions of the UNCLOS relating to conservation and management of straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks • Agreement to promote compliance with international conservation and management measures by fishing vessels on the high seas • SWIOFC/SWIOFP • The DVS, the Competent Authority, ensures that all sea food processors operate in accordance with the highest international standards including EU norms and requirements • SABS
Overall Strategy • Increase the present export market share of canned tuna to the Western/Northern EU from 8% to 20% and on the world market from 4% to 8% • Attract at least one additional tuna processing/canning plant • Double number of fishing vessels calling at Port Louis • Attract additional companies to carry out fish farming activities in Mauritius • Strategic partnership with processors and wholesalers in the region for the supply of high value added seafood namely prawns, crabs, lobsters • Design the brand “Made in Mauritius” to indicate to the world Seafood Consumers of our top quality seafood products.
Conclusion • We have the necessary commercial, legal, institutional and enabling environment to transform Mauritius as an ideal destination for seafood activities • We are committed to meeting the ever rising market driven demand of the EU communities for tuna products and also for specific niche markets in the US and Japan.