30 May 2013 12:00
WALVIS BAY, 30 MAY (NAMPA) - Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Bernhard Esau on Thursday inaugurated the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) head office here.
The building was constructed at a total cost of N.dollars 14 million, and is situated in the northern industrial area of the harbour town.
It consists of among others 13 offices, a boardroom, reception area, cold room, fish shop and a maintenance office.
The NFCPT office was previously located in Swakopmund, but was moved to Walvis Bay to be closer to the fishing industry.
The NFCPT was established in 2001 with the aspirations of attaining food security and social welfare for Namibians by promoting fish consumption.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, Esau said the opening of the office is testimony of the Namibian Government?s commitment to promote socio-economic development in the country.
?The establishment of the NFCPT is but one way in which the government and Ministry of Fisheries embarked upon to make sure fish is available, affordable and accessible to all Namibians,? Esau said.
The minister explained that due to the fact that the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources is the custodian of the Trust, a horse mackerel and, of late, a hake quota was allocated to the NFCPT.
He noted that the Trust has increased its revenue significantly.
?I am happy to state that there are currently 13 fish shops across Namibia to date and counting,? Essay exclaimed.
Also speaking during the same event, NFCPT Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Albertina Ngurare said the new office is anticipated to smooth operations, increase delivery speed and the capacity to take on more projects.
?The NFCPT will continue to carry out its mandate by making fish available at an affordable price to all parts of the country,? she noted.