China provides money to start tuna processor

A CHINESE company has signed an agreement with Vanuatu to provide $US9.01 million dollars in   to get the mothballed tuna fish processing plant near Port Vila into production.

The Minister of Fisheries, Matai Seremaiah, described the agreement as the result of tough negotiations with the Chinese.

The money would be used by the SinoVan Company to upgrade the plant to the point where it can go into operation.

fish canningThe plant was built 14 years ago but had not been able to operate because there had not been a suitable wharf and because of a massive campaign against the plan because of the location of the site.

But the Vanuatu Government was now planning to build the wharf.

The Minister wants to see all tuna caught by Vanuatu-registered fishing vessels and Vanuatu-flagged vessels offload their catches at the plant instead of in Fiji.