AFTER CII-Partnership Summit and International Fleet Review (IFR) earlier this year, Visakhapatnam is all set to host another international event. The India International Seafood Trade Fair-2016 to be organised by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) will be held in Visakhapatnam in September.
The city was chosen by the Union Ministry of Commerce, considering its significant role in marine exports as well as its new-found place on the global map, thanks to the IFR-2016. The seafood trade fair will be hosted for three days from September 23 where stalls will be set up by various national and international companies to showcase their specialities in seafood, ranging from equipment to marine exports.
Panel discussions as well as business meetings among the participants, also will be organised to boost the marine exports from Visakhapatnam. Just like the CII Partnership Summit, the seafood trade fair is expected to boost Andhra Pradesh economy by serving as a facilitator for investments. A team of higher officials from the ministry led by MPEDA chairman A Jayathilak and joint secretary in the Commerce ministry Santhosh Kumar Sarangi, toured the city scouting for a venue for the fair. Accompanied by district collector N Yuvaraj, the special team inspected various sites.
The proposed venues include APIIC grounds in the Harbour Park, Nehru Stadium of Visakhapatnam Port Trust, Port Kalavani Auditorium and Indoor Stadium, AU Engineering College grounds, and a function hall adjacent to the YSR ACA-VDCA stadium among others. “The designs for the venue are being prepared. A final decision will be taken after considering the designs and the venue availability," said Jayathilak.
As a host, Visakhapatnam also acquires significance due to the presence of the Export Inspection Council (EIC) sub-office whose building complex is under construction and is likely to be ready by 2017. The complex will be supported with state-of-the-art laboratory with latest facilities and sophisticated instruments to meet the analytical requirements of seafood industries at Visakhapatnam.
The Exports Inspection Council along with Exports Inspection Agencies are responsible for the quality control and inspection of notified commodities from India.