PERU: The National Sanitary Fisheries Agency (SANIPES) will actively intervene in fisheries cooperation issues between Peru and Vietnam, in particular with regard to strengthening fisheries and aquaculture health and safety in the country.
At the First Meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Affairs and Technical Cooperation between the governments of Peru and Vietnam, held at the headquarters of the Peruvian Foreign Ministry, the national fisheries authority exchanged information with the members of the visiting delegation for these purposes.
SANIPES requested information on additives used in aquaculture production, such as polyphosphates, and on the freezing process for fish such as tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), which Peru imports from that Asian country.
SANIPES' executive director, Ernesto Bustamante Donayre, said at the meeting that it was also decided that Peruvian researchers will carry out internships in Vietnam to train on shrimp diseases, especially those reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Likewise, it was proposed that the entity will participate in the entourage to be carried out by the National Agrarian Health Service (SENASA) to the Asian country.
During the talks with Vietnamese visitors led by Do Thang Hai, Vice Minister of Industry and Commerce, the representative of SANIPES informed visitors that Peruvian and Vietnamese technical standards are similar, as both countries export their products to the most demanding markets of the world.
Nguyen Phuong Nam, director of the Department of Trade Remedies of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, commented that its main markets are the United States and the European Union, just as in Peru.
SANIPES executive director explained the Peruvian regulations in the field of sanitary and fishery safety and of hydrobiological resources, as well as the sanitary conditions in force equivalent to the European Union regulations to develop import and export activities of these products, with a view to increasing trade between the two countries.
In the fisheries area, at the meeting, the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on Fisheries Cooperation was reviewed, through a quarterly work plan, cooperation in the aquaculture area and development of cooperation in the area of small and medium-sized enterprises.
The Peru - Vietnam Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Affairs and Technical Cooperation was created in 2015 and seek to contribute to the presence of Peru in Southeast Asia. In addition, it will strengthen bilateral relations with Vietnam, a country with which we are closely linked in integration mechanisms such as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum.
The first meeting of this mechanism will allow for a closer economic-trade relationship between the two countries, as well as investment, tourism and technical cooperation in various areas related to agriculture, fisheries, small and medium-sized enterprises and science and technology.