Chilean undersecretary of fisheries Pablo Galilea (centre) with the Chinese delegation. (Photo: Subpesca)
China's interest to invest in fisheries-aquaculture sector
Friday, June 15, 2012, 23:10 (GMT + 9)
A delegation of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Popular Republic of China recently met with the head of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries (Subpesca), Pablo Galilea, to learn about the history of the Chilean fisheries-aquaculture sector.
The meeting was also attended by members of the technical staff of the Under-secretariat and several entrepreneurs, officials and researchers from the Asian country.
"Chile wants to diversify its aquaculture. We produce a lot of salmon but we also believe we have competitive advantages for other farming products," said Galile.
"Our country has set the goal of being a food power and to achieve this aim aquaculture is very important," he added.
The official invited them to invest in Chile and told them that "if they find business opportunities, they should have no doubt that they can rely on the state’s support."
Furthermore, he told the Asian guests that they may interact with local research centres and universities to build partnerships with Asian institutions in research and development issues.
The Chinese delegation, who will also visit Ecuador and Brazil until 21 June, is led by Director General of the Agricultural Association for International Exchange, under the Ministry of Agriculture of China, Tong Yue.
After the meeting, the official was interested in knowing the current process for granting aquaculture permits and the payment of license fees.
In addition, the director wanted to receive data about the General Law on Fisheries and Aquaculture that is being processed at Congress.
This official visit is organized by the Foreign Investment Committee of the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, reported Subpesca.
By Analia Murias