Respected Leaders, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
After intensive preparation, the first Annual Meeting of the Pan-Pearl River Delta Regional Fishery Economic Cooperation Forum convenes now. On behalf of Guangdong Provincial Oceanic and Fishery Administration, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the participants and distinguished guests present at this forum.
Expanding our cooperation in fishery under the general scheme of the Pan-Pearl River Delta regional cooperation has become a pending task for all of us. We get together here today to explore and discuss the new possibilities of the cooperation. We are committed to materializing the content of the cooperation and promoting the rapid, harmonious and sustainable development of fishery in the area.
At the same time, we have further expanded our cooperation scope by including the participation of ASEAN counterparts. This effort will speed up the cooperation between the Pan-Pearl River Delta (PPRD) and ASEAN in fishery industry. The convention of this meeting has been stressed and facilitated by the Ministry of Agriculture and local governments at provincial level. Delegates to this meeting are from nine provinces and areas of the PPRD and fishery administrations of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR), as well as ASEAN countries.
I am confident that with our candid exchange of ideas and collective wisdom, fruitful results will be achieved via this forum. I would now like to take this opportunity to brief you on the fishery industry in Guangdong province.
Guangdong has a massive fishery industry. By 2006, the expected output of aquatic products in Guangdong is 7.215 million tons, up by 3.8% over that of the last year. The gross productivity of fishery is 120 billion yuan, which is an increase of 17.8% over that of the last year. Specifically, the aquatic productivity accounts for 54.8 billion yuan, witnessing a growth of 4.6%.
The export volume and value of aquatic products from January to September this year are 290,000 tons and 405 million USD respectively, up by 15.7% and 21.7% respectively as compared to the same period of last year.