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Bridge to the East

Ioane Burese
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

THE Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Dr Jimmie Rodgers has presented 500 copies of a Guide and information sheets for fishing communities to the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of Timor Leste, Mariano Assanami Sabino.

The material has been translated into Portuguese for use by government officials, but are also laid out so that they can be prepared in Tetum (the country's other official language) in the future.

According to a statement, the booklets will assist people working with fishing communities by providing information on species of interest and advice on fisheries management options.

A team from SPC has been in the capital Dili this week to follow up on European Union-funded projects in the fisheries and agriculture sectors and to discuss further technical assistance. SPC is keen to strengthen the relationship, and act as a bridge to the country's Pacific Island neighbours to the East.


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