Focus on global trade at Russian show

RUSSIA is hosting the Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo, starting today in St Petersburg, with more than 200 delegates from over 50 countries expected to attend.

The two-day event will cover the main trends determining the development of international fish markets, as well as the expansion of trade and economic relations and scientific and technical cooperation.

Also under discussion will be the fishing industry of the Russian Federation and its export-import policy.

Representatives from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas have been invited to participate in the exhibition and forum.

Among these is IFFO, the Marine Ingredients Organisation, whose director general, Andrew Mallison, will appear in two panels and act as moderator for one of the two plenary sessions.

He is hoping the forum will provide a good opportunity to raise the profile of the marine ingredients industry, and IFFO, in Russia.

Mallison will be moderating the first day plenary session debate between several prominent Russian and international politicians and business interests.

He will then be participating in a roundtable panel session titled ‘Protectionism amidst Globalisation of the Fish Industry’ along with speakers from the FAO, national fisheries groups and global companies such as McDonalds, presenting an overview of the marine ingredients industry.

The panel will discuss current and future global trends, the effectiveness of free trade agreements and positive experiences and obstacles encountered by fishery companies in international trade.

Following the panel on market opportunities, Mallison will also take part in a panel on certification, discussing the benefits and challenges of certification schemes with reference to the IFFO Responsible Supply standard.

The Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo is at St Petersburg’s Lenexpo Exhibition Complex from September 14-16.

Picture: IFFO director general Andrew Mallison

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