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PNG Prime Minister Commends National Fisheries Authority for Exceptional Performance

 PORT MORESBY – Prime Minister Hon. James Marape has praised the National Fisheries Authority (NFA) for its outstanding performance in regulating and managing Papua New Guinea's flourishing fisheries industry.

Prime Minister Marape also acknowledged the effective collaboration between the NFA and the Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources, Hon. Jelta Wong. He noted that this partnership, which builds on the efforts of Wong's predecessor, Hon. Dr. Lino Tom, has significantly contributed to the prosperity of the fisheries sector within PNG’s non-resource economy.

"The fisheries industry of Papua New Guinea, under the management of the National Fisheries Authority, is succeeding on many fronts and is generating significant revenue for the Government," Marape stated. "The NFA has greatly contributed by consistently and substantially paying its share of dividends to the Government."

He further highlighted that the NFA is not only thriving in the fishing industry and generating government revenue but also playing a vital role as a corporate entity. The Authority has been partnering with various communities across the country, leveraging the vast potential of the fishing industry.

"I am impressed with NFA’s ability to engage and partner with various District Development Authorities and Provincial Governments to deliver social impact projects for our people," Marape said. "That is something my government encourages and wants to support moving forward."

The Prime Minister reiterated his government's commitment to 'Take Back PNG' in all its resource projects, encompassing both the extractive and non-extractive sectors. He emphasized that the fisheries industry is a standout performer in PNG’s non-resource sector and must be harnessed for even greater success.

"Papua New Guinea has some of the best quality fish in the world, particularly in the Asia-Pacific Region. Our tuna is of exceptional quality and a source of national pride," Marape remarked. "With 2.4 million square kilometers of fisheries zone, our nation boasts the largest such area in the South Pacific, offering enormous economic potential for the future."

Marape also emphasized the importance of downstream processing in resource industries, including fisheries, to maximize economic returns and support the goal of building a K200 billion economy by 2030. "Investing in our non-resource sector, like the fisheries industry, is the path we are looking at for the future of this beautiful country, which the good Lord has blessed with abundant resources," he concluded.

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