TWO fisheries specialist from Guadalcanal are in Guangdong Province in the People’s Republic of China for three weeks of specialized training in aquaculture.
In what was described as groundbreaking for the Guadalcanal-Guangdong relationship, Willie Kokopu and Francis Ratu are the first candidate selected to attend the second session of Fisheries Training Course for Pacific Islands in Guangdong, China.
The training is facilitated by Guangdong Provincial Vocational School of Oceangraphic Engineering. The training which shall be conducted entirely in English language will offer specialize lectures and hands-on-trainings in aquaculture techniques, aquatic product processing and fisheries management with related Chinese Culture.
On-site visits to farms, production facilities and research institutions are also part of the training.
During the handing over of their travel documents, both trainees thanked Premier Veke for his leadership in reviving the relationship between Guadalcanal and Guangdong which resulted in the opportunity to be trained in China. They hope such training will continue and more Guadalcanal people can receive specialized training from China in other fields.
In his reply, Premier Veke encouraged the two trainees to make the most of their training and return with their acquired skills and knowledge to develop the province in the area of fisheries and aquaculture.
“It has taken me years and couple of visits to China to realize this. I’m very happy that you two are fulfilling my dream whilst I’m still your Premier. And I can assure you two and my good people of Guadalcanal that many more such opportunities for our human resource development are forthcoming with our arrangement with Guangdong Province of China” Mr. Veke
Guadalcanal Province’s External Affairs Officer Mr Mcfaddean Aoraunisaka explains that the arrangement is done under the auspicious of the Guadalcanal Guangdong Frienship Association (GGFA). The Association is an integral part of Guadalcanal Province’s strategy to engage with mainland China.
The two trainees will return mid-December.