Penang will host the International Institute of Fisheries and Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET) conference in 2024.
WorldFish Acting Chief Executive Dr. Essam Yassin Mohammed (Photo) said the conference would focus on the emerging concept of nutrition-sensitive fisheries and aquaculture.
“The conference will be led by the originator of the concept who is WorldFish’s global leader for nutrition and public health, Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted,” he told a Komtar news conference.
He said Asia accounted for 70% of the global fisheries and aquaculture industry in 2020 and that Penang would be the third Asian city to host the conference after Nha Trang, Vietnam in 2008 and Taipei in Taiwan, in 1994.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the event would see collaboration between WorldFish, Malaysia’s Department of Fisheries and universities such as Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Sains Malaysia.
“Malaysia, with a coastline of nearly 4,700 km, is first and foremost a maritime nation.
“The fishing industry in Penang has grown significantly since 2008 and is a major contributor to the country’s economy.
“Since 2014, Penang’s aquaculture production has surpassed fishing and marine landings, with an annual value of over RM1 billion,” he said.
Essam Yassin stressed the importance of strengthening the state’s agricultural sector to help maintain food price stability.
He said that in the future, any excess aquaculture production could be exported to further boost Penang’s GDP.
The conference is expected to attract approximately 350 industry representatives from around the world.
It will be held at the Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau at Beach Street for three days in July 2024.